Can every kid say he made the discovery of a lifetime sooner than he even started kindergarten? Of course not, but Wylie Brys can.
Four-year-old Wylie from southeast Arlington was looking for some fish fossils in Mansfield with his dad Tim last fall, the moment he went back with a bone that made the paleontologists from Southern Methodist University thrilled.
According to Michael Polcyn an SMU paleontologist that a chunk that measured 3 inches happened to be a piece of a nodosaur, a that aged 94 million years old that seemed like brief, squatty cow with armour.
The scientist were at first cynical concerning what they would discover on the building located near the new Sprouts Farmers Market place under one hundred yards from hectic Matlock Rd.
Dale Winkler an SMU paleontologist said that they thought the bone was probably from a plesiosaur, which “we have all over the Metroplex.”
“We were not expecting to discover a lot of it. It looked like the bones had been spread around. We started digging and 1 bone connected to a further bone that connected to another bone that connected to an additional bone,” Winkler stated.
April 3rd was when the paleontologists together with volunteers from the Dallas Paleontological Society began excavating and discovered “more than 50 percent” of the nodosaur, one and only of the five ever discovered in the Metroplex and the first in decades.
According to Winkler, in Fort Worth, Texas, a child, an adult, and a skull, were recognized and some bones have been situated close to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. However, nothing since the 1990s.
Louis Jacobs, SMU paleontologist and writer of Lone Star Dinosaurs said that the encounter is mainly the sum of all.
Jacobs revealed that “Much of the skeleton is there. We don’t know how considerably. We took out legs, the backbone and ribs.”
Monday, Winkler, Polcyn and associates of the paleontological society took out the majority of the body, then exposed a thigh bone morning of Wednesday in the bulky red clay about a yard from the initial encounter.
“We didn’t believe something else was in there. We assumed there weren’t any more bones simply because there’s a (utility) trench dug on the other side of the bones. A couple of feet to the left and it would have been bad,” said Winkler.
The paleontologists covered the bones that had been secluded by the rock positions, in plaster and moved the six-foot-by-3-foot, 18-inch-thick chunk to Jacobs’ lab at SMU, where they will get the skeleton separately, clean and rebuild the dinosaur.
In all possibilities, they won’t identify why the nodosaur died, however, by now they know how, just from where it was recognized, the scientists stated.
Polcyn questioned, “Ever see an armadillo on the side of the road? He blew up like that and floated out to sea.”
Jacobs said that nodosaurs were kind of the armadillos of the dinosaur planet. Brief, squatty and sheltered in armored plates with a flexible underbelly.
The bones were found in what was then the Western Interior Seaway, an expansion of the Gulf of Mexico. Although last fall, Wylie sited the 1st bone. The paleontologists couldn’t start excavating until right away after getting authorization from the property-owner and obtaining insurance on the excavation. According to Winkler the owners have contributed the bones to SMU.
The boy, who made it, was the only one who’s unconvinced by the rare discovery. He was asked if he would rather locate the bones or dig in the dirt. “Dig in the dirt,” Wylie answered without hesitation.
Tim Brys said, “Wylie hasn’t said a complete lot about it. I don’t think that he gets this is an after-in-a-lifetime factor. I feel when he found the initial fish vertebra; he was pleased that I was pleased that he recognized it.”
Wylie has his special name for his dinosaur “Ralphie ” from his favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Raphael.
Brys said that the father and son program will keep digging for fossils.
“I can’t assure we’ll discover a further dinosaur, but we’ll keep searching,” he stated.