Wylie Brys is just four years old, but he recently made a huge find. In September 2014, while Wylie was digging for marine animal bones along with his father, he has discovered a 100-million-year-old Cretacean dinosaur.
Last week, scientists from Southern Methodist University have uncovered the entire skeleton and put back together the remains. The dinosaur is believed to be a heavily-armored nodosaur which roamed the Earth approximately 100 millions year ago. Wylie believed at first that the fossil he has discovered were that of a turtle, as his father told him that it was a such an animal. Only now, young Wylie realized that he came across a dinosaur skeleton.
Wylie loves fossil digging. He and his father Tim Brys, who is Dallas zookeeper, are on a constant look out for the bones of fish and other marine creatures, but this is the first dinosaur they have discovered. Researchers explained that Texas is not a place where fossil discoveries are made very often. The scientists added they are surprised to find out that Wylie has the nodosaur in the ground behind a grocery store.
The scientists believe that the nodosaurs, like the specimen discovered by Wylie and his father, lived around 94 to 100 million years ago in places like North America, Europe Antarctica and Asia from the late Jurassic to the end of the Cretaceous. It was part to a group of dinosaurs called Nodosauridae, belonging to the ankylosaur family.
The remnants will be brought to SMU facilities so that further evaluations and experiments can be performed. “We were not expecting to find much of it. It looked like the bones had been spread around. We started digging and one bone connected to another bone that connected to another bone that connected to another bone”, said SMU paleontologist Dale Winkler.
Wylie is not the only young scientist that has made important discoveries. On the Internet, many such children post their deeds and want to know more about such findings. These investigative kids sometimes succeed in making significant discoveries without the help of a lab.
Even if these findings are made mostly by accident, they often prove to be a great boost for the morale of children and an inspiration for other pioneers worldwide. The discoveries have be welcomed, while the scientific community is now opening its arms to young people.
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