Texas Scientists Dig Up Dinosaur Found By 5-Year-Old And Dad

Apr 8, 2015

Nodosaurus textilis skeleton restoration from 1921.
Credit Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

DALLAS — Scientists from Southern Methodist University have helped a Dallas zookeeper and his 5-year-old son excavate a dinosaur fossil they found behind a grocery store in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Tim Brys and his son Wylie worked at the excavation site Tuesday to dig up what paleontology professor Dale Winkler believes could be a nodosaurus, a pony-sized dinosaur that dwelled on land.

Brys and his son discovered the fossil last September, but it took over seven months to obtain necessary permits to dig up the bones. Scientists started digging last Friday.

University experts say it is rare to find a dinosaur in this area. The fossil, believed to be about 100 million years old, will be transported to Southern Methodist University for cleaning and assembly.