A hunt for precious gemstones revealed the first fossil evidence of a dinosaur herd, including a previously undiscovered dinosaur species, in Australia. The new dinosaur fossil was found in an opal mine and has turned into the gem itself, making it the most complete opalized dinosaur skeleton in the world, according to a new study.
The fossils were first discovered in the 1980s by opal miner Bob Foster in the Sheepyard opal field. He took them in a duffle bag to the Australian Museum in Sydney and paleontologists that worked at the museum returned to the site to help him excavate. They uncovered more than 60 fossils in the mine.
They were displayed there for a few years before Foster brought them to the Australian Opal Centre. When the fossils were officially donated by his children to the center in 2015, the scientific research could finally begin.
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