I definitely wanted to pick up the bones, but I knew I might damage them. You’re not supposed to pick up fossils. If they’re in a rock, you should leave them and contact experts.
So that’s what we did. My dad and I took pictures of the bones and sent them to the Royal Tyrrell Museum. I was pretty excited when we got an email back from a paleontologist. He told us that one of the bones was an arm bone from a young hadrosaur. That’s a duck-billed dinosaur that lived about 69 million years ago!
A team from the museum went to the site a few days later to carefully excavate the bones. Over the next few months, they found more than 30 other bones, all from the hadrosaur. It was just incredible!
My dream is to one day find a bone from a dinosaur that no one has ever seen before. My advice to other kids is to get outdoors and explore as much as possible. You never know what you’re going to discover!