Fossil remains of a prehistoric marine reptile have been found in Syncrude’s north mine.
Back on June 7, 2018, Scott Fisher – a Geotechnical Instrumentation Technician with Neegan Technical Services – discovered the remains in chunks of rock along the high wall of the mine.
“I was looking over the wall and saw what looked like a piece of wood. It looked different from other material so I went over to take a closer look,” said Fisher in a release.
“I was not expecting to see teeth and what looked like eye sockets of a skull, which I found out later were actually jaw bones.”
A team from the Royal Tyrrell Museum arrived on June 19 to examine the area and transport the fossils.
The museum is also home to one of the country’s best-preserved dinosaurs. Back in 2011, an employee at the Suncor Millennium Mine north of Fort McMurray spotted the remains of a 112 million-year-old Nodosaur.
There have been over a dozen cases of fossil remains found at Syncrude. The first was back in 1992 when operator Willie Brevant found a fossil of an ichthyosaur.