August 12, 1997 in City

Nest Of Dinosaur Eggs Discovered

From Staff And Wire Reports

A nest of at least 10 dinosaur eggs, the largest yet found in Canada, has been discovered in southern Alberta.

The eggs, likely those of either a duck-billed Hadrosaur or a horned Ceratopsian, were discovered by paleontologist Wendy Sloboda, 29.

“There’s something about them, mysterious and magical,” said Sloboda, who has been working in the area for 10 years.

“It’s neat to be touching a fossil and know you are the first person to be touching it in 65 or 70 million years since they died. That is really, really neat.”

The eggs can be viewed by the public on daily tours leaving from the Devil’s Coulee Dinosaur Heritage Museum in Warner, Alberta, about 45 miles south of Lethbridge and 15 miles north of the U.S. border.

The eggs are in a restricted access site at Devil’s Coulee, which is a designated historical site.

The eggs will be left undisturbed until fall so the public can view them. After that, Sloboda will dig around the eggs and lift them out to be put on display in the museum.

In the past it was thought that a dinosaur nest would normally have eight to 12 eggs but a nest discovered in Montana had 18 eggs.

The Devil’s Coulee site is home to the remains of more than 10 different kinds of dinosaurs.

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