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Fossil trove found in Alberta oil sands

A treasure trove of fossils have been found in the oil sands of Alberta.

Last week, Maggy Horvath, a heavy equipment operator at Syncrude, unearthed a nearly complete plesiosaur fossil during her shift.

It’s the 10th fossil discovered on leases held by the oil giant. Scientist say it’s one of the bigger ones — up to 20 metres long and “mostly neck.”

“I think it’s great that I’m part of this. It felt pretty good to call my son and let him know that I found a prehistoric fossil while working in the mine,” said Ms. Horvath.

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Story: Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press | Photo: Royal Tyrrell Museum-Sue Sabrowski/CP

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