2008-07-28 09:09:33 GMT 2008-07-28 17:09:33 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English
BEIJING, July 28 (Xinhuanet) -- A team of paleontologists have uncovered 75 million-year-old bones near Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia, that could indicate a Tyrannosaur had a duckbilled Hadrosaur for dinner.
"We've found broken or shed Tyrannosaur teeth near rib and vertebrae of a Hadrosaur, so one scenario could be the Tyrannosaur tucked into a dead Hadrosaur and went to town and some teeth fell out or broke off on the bones," McCrea said.
McCrea and Buckley started prospecting north of the town last summer as they looked for hills or significant outcroppings that could hide pieces of a lost world.
Earlier this month, the duo returned with shovels, picks and plasters to begin a full-scale dig. They found 198 pounds (90 kilograms) of bone just sitting on the surface of a sloping bank and knew they'd hit a jackpot.
The team spent a week and a half removing up to 45 tons (40 metric tons) of rock and dirt to get to the bone bed, where the pieces were nicely separated and not in fragments.
"These are great museum-quality finds," McCrea said.
The paleontologists will continue to work on the dig for another four to five years while they explore other potential sites in the province.
"We've no doubt that there are other sites, they just need to be discovered," McCrea said.