Suncor supervisor Michel Gratton and shovel operator Shawn Funk sent photos of the fossil to the Royal Tyrell Museum. (Supplied)
A Suncor oilsands worker near Fort McMurray, Alta., has unearthed a rare dinosaur fossil that could be 110 million years old.
On Monday, shovel operator Shawn Funk noticed a large lump of dirt with an odd texture and a diamond pattern in a shovel-load of material.
He shut down the shovel, and together he and supervisor Michel Gratton sent photos of the find to the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alta.
What the fossil might look like once it's removed from surrounding rock. Sup\pliedThe find intrigued experts enough that the museum sent a scientist and a technician up to Fort McMurray two days later.
Curator Donald Henderson believes the completely intact dinosaur skeleton is the earliest dinosaur ever found in Alberta — a 110-million-year-old fossil of ankylosaur, a rare land dinosaur with bony plates of body armour.