(Huffington Post Science)
A construction crew working on an oil pipeline in Alberta, Canada, this week unearthed the fossilized remains of a dinosaur’s tail.
The section of tail, measuring up to 100 feet long, was discovered by a backhoe operator working for the Tourmaline Oil Corp., according to Canadian news site CBC. Initially, the operator thought he had merely chipped off some rock. But when he spied the distinctive vertebrae, he stopped work and called in the experts.
By Wednesday, paleontologists from the Tyrrell Museum and National Geographic had arrived to look at the fossil, and Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Initiative head paleontologist Dr. Matthew Vavrek later viewed the fossil as well. Vavrek told CNN that he was surprised by the impressive fossil’s size and state of preservation.