Ancient Pregnant Reptile Fossil Discovered Under Pingpong Table
"It was pretty amazing to realize this valuable discovery had sat under a pingpong table for 25 years."
- Michael Caldwell, University of Alberta faculty member/fossil re-discoverer
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - Three new species of an ancient marine reptile, including a pregnant fossil, were recently discovered by University of Alberta paleontologistsunder a pingpong table.
The ichthyosaur fossils were unearthed from the Loon River Formation in Canada's Northwest Territories 25 years ago, then languished under the pingpong table in the undergraduate science lab until they were rediscovered by newly hired faculty member Michael Caldwell.