Ancient Pregnant Reptile Fossil Discovered Under Pingpong Table

Posted on September 25, 2006 

Ancient Pregnant Reptile Fossil Discovered Under Pingpong Table
Three new species of an ancient marine reptile, including a pregnant fossil, were recently discovered by University of Alberta paleontologists—under 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.

“It was pretty amazing to realize this valuable discovery had sat under a pingpong table for 25 years,” Caldwell said. “But I suppose that after 100 million years in the dirt, it’s all relative.”

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