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Researchers at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum have unearthed several multimillion-year-old fossils at Lake Diefenbaker and Eastend. Among the findings, there was the skull of a baby Elasmosaurus which was a long-necked creature that lived in the waters in ancient Saskatchewan.
Besides the baby Elasmosaurus the Royal Saskatchewan Museum scientists, the researchers also uncovered a young bronotothere, a creature very similar to modern-day rhinoceros that lived about 40 million years ago. Besides, they also discovered fossilized insects trapped in amber, including a new species of wasp.
Even though the discoveries were made during the summer, the scientists didn’t start the analysis of the fossils. According to the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, the researchers would commence the fossils’ studies during the upcoming winter, and they hope to learn more about the evolution of life on Earth.
Notably, the discovery of the baby Elasmosaurus and young bronotothere fossils might eventually shed more light on the Campanian stage of the Late Cretaceous and the Eocene Epoch, respectively.
Several multimillion-year-old fossils, including a baby Elasmosaurus, unearthed by Saskatchewan scientists near Lake Diefenbaker and Eastend
“Each summer brings another opportunity to realize new, untouched fossil sites and the potential for scientific discoveries of international importance,” said Parks Culture Minister Gene Makowsky.
Gene Makowsky also added that Saskatchewan is one of the wealthiest regions of Canada when it comes to fossil resources.
Among the recently unearthed fossils near Lake Diefenbaker, there were the fossilized skull and other remains belonging to a baby Elasmosaurus, a marine creature that lived in North America during the Campanian stage of the Late Cretaceous period.
Elasmosaurus was measuring up to approximately 10 meters (34 ft) in length and would have had a long body with paddle-like limbs, a very short tail, a tiny head, and an extremely long neck.
This baby Elasmosaurus fossilized skull, along with the other fossils unearthed across Saskatchewan, will be analyzed during the winter.