by Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Monday 2 December 2013

A rare thing just happened. A completely intact 70 million year old fossil of a baby Chasmosaurus belli was recently uncovered in a former riverbed by a research team led by Phillip Curie from the University of Alberta. Dinosaur fossils are hard to find, but baby dinosaur fossils are even harder, making this a breakthrough in learning more about the Chasmosaurus belli.

Commonly found in British Columbia, Canada, these C.belli were relatives of the triceratops. Through this discovery, we now have a better idea about their species and how they grew and lived. For instance, their young didn’t have longer legs (to keep up with the adults) like the other baby dinosaurs.

At three years old – which was the age of the fossil when it died – C.belli babies measured 5 feet (1.5 meters) long and would eventually grow to 15 feet (5 meters) long.

Curie believes that the baby didn’t die at the merciless jaws of another dinosaur, but by drowning in the river. The body eventually settled at the bottom of the river where it became fossilized in the sediment, explaining why it was so perfectly preserved.

Also, if you happen to have spent your childhood watching Land Before Time, you’re going to feel immensely sad if you imagine that that fossil could have been Cera.

Via Ifl Science