I Discovered Dinosaur Bones 

Thirteen-year-old explorer Nathan Hrushkin found ancient dino fossils! 

I’ve always loved dinosaurs. In fact, when I grow up, I want to be a paleontologist. That’s a scientist who studies fossils. You could say I started my training early!

In July 2020, my dad and I went hiking at a place called Horseshoe Canyon, near where I live in Canada. As I climbed up onto a small hill, I couldn’t believe what I had spotted. I yelled, “Dad, you need to get up here!”

There in the rock were four ancient bones.

Nature Conservancy of Canada

This is one of the fossils Nathan found.

A Major Find

Courtesy of the Hrushkin family

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!

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Hadrosaurs were herbivores, or plant eaters. They once roamed much of the world.  

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