What’s the most exciting thing you’ve found when running? For most of us, the answer to this question will be a dropped set of keys, but for one runner, it was a 166 million-year-old dinosaur fossil.
Dr Elsa Panciroli was running to catch up with her palaeontology team on the Scottish island of Eigg when she spotted the 19 inch long thigh bone. Thought to belong to a stegosaurian dinosaur, it is the first dinosaur bone to be found on the island in 200 years of searching.
Our discovery on #IsleofEigg came out unexpectedly today! (I'm currently on 25km hike in #Highlands!) A team effort identifying it: @Tweetisaurus @funstonpaleo @femke_holwerda @SteveBrusatte @davfof @Paige_dePolo @MrIchthyosaurus et al. Will tweet more soon! https://t.co/s7PWgIvLHD— Dr Elsa Panciroli (@gsciencelady) August 26, 2020
Panciroli, who works at National Museums Scottish told BBC news, ‘It was a bit of a serendipitous discovery. It was the near the end of the day and I was running to catch up with the rest of the members of the team, who were quite far away.
‘I realised I had run over something that didn't look right. It wasn't clear exactly what kind of animal it belonged to at the time, but there was no doubt it was a dinosaur bone.’
The fossil is now on display in the National Museums Scotland in Edinburgh.
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