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…in the basement of their own museum!
Yup, paleontologists from Britain's Natural History Museum just discovered a new species of dinosaur hiding in their basement.
The bones are of herbivores from the same family as the Triceratops, called Spinops sternbergorum.
The bones were found along with a large group of fossils in a "bone bed" in Alberta, Canada in 1916.
But the museum's keeper of geology at the time said the bones were "rubbish" so they lay in the basement from almost 100 years until they were rediscovered by a current group of researchers.
The scientist who led the team said:
"I knew right away that these fossils were something unusual, and it was very exciting to learn about their convoluted history.
Here we have not just one, but multiple individuals of the same species, so we’re confident that it’s not just an odd example of a previously known species."
That's got to be a fun thing to stumble across.
They didn't even need to dig or use those little dust brushes or anything.
Score one for modern science!
[Image via AP Images.]