Paleontologists at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum made some big discoveries over the summer.
Several fossils were found across the province, including a duck billed dinosaur skull and a baby elasmosaur skull from Lake Diefenbaker.
Dr. Ryan McKellar, the museum’s Curator of Invertebrate Palaeontology, said Saskatchewan has a “neat” blend of dinosaur, plant and marine reptile material.
“Saskatchewan has a really great mix of terrestrial sediments and marine sediments. In the Cretaceous, we were sort of on the edge of a giant sea way that stretched from the Gulf of Mexico up through to the Arctic, called the Western Interior Sea Way.”
Among the other fossils found was something McKellar called Saskatchewan’s first “insect-bearing amber deposit,” a piece he’s taking a look into.
“It allows us to fill in a gap in the fossil record of insects around the late Cretaceous or near the time the dinosaurs went extinct that you just can’t do elsewhere on Earth,” he said.