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Victoria (BC), Nov 7 (Canadian-Media): A new dinosaur species unique to British Columbia (BC) had been discovered by researchers in the northern wilderness of B.C., media reports said.
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The fossilized bones of the dinosaurs have actually been there for years but weren't correctly identified until now.
The handful of bones discovered in 1971 by a geologist near the Sustut River in B.C.'s north-central Interior and were eventually donated to Dalhousie University in 2005 before winding up in the Royal BC Museum in 2007.
Victoria Arbour, curator of paleontology at the museum, has been studying the fossils and was able to determine that they belong to a whole new kind of dinosaur and confirmed that this being a unique species found only in British Columbia.
Ardour's research was published Thursday in the scientific journal PeerJ: The Journal of Life and Environmental Sciences.
"For the first time, we've got a set of dinosaur bones from British Columbia that's unique to this province," Arbour said.
The fossilized remains have been given the nickname "Buster," and are now on display at the Victoria museum.
“This is an exciting scientific milestone for our province and I encourage everyone to come see the fossils for themselves," said B.C.'s Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Lisa Beare.
Arbour’s peer-reviewed article, “A new leptoceratopsid dinosaur from Maastrichtian-aged deposits of the Sustut Basin, northern British Columbia, Canada,” was co-authored by David Evans from the Royal Ontario Museum.