27 Mar '11, 7am

Rare dinosaur found in Canada's oil sands

TORONTO - THE Canadian oil sands, a vast expanse of tar and sand being mined for crude oil, yielded treasure of another kind this week when an oil company worker unearthed a 110-million-year-old dinosaur fossil that wasn't supposed to be there. The fossil is an ankylosaur, a plant-eating dinosaur with powerful limbs, armour plating and a club-like tail. Finding it in this region of northern Alberta was a surprise because millions of years ago the area was covered by water. 'We've never found a dinosaur in this location,' Donald Henderson, a curator at Alberta's Royal Tyrrell Museum, which is devoted to dinosaurs, said on Friday. 'Because the area was once a sea, most finds are invertebrates such as clams and ammonites.' The ankylosaur that was found by the oil worker is expected to be about 5m long and 2m wide. 'It is pretty amazing that it survived in such good condition,...

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