Fossils of an entire herd of dinosaurs that died in a flood or some other catastrophe 73 million years ago in what today is Alberta, Canada, have been named after the science teacher that found them.
Pachyrhinosaurus lakustai is the name of the new species, Philip Currie, a University of Alberta paleontologist involved in the excavation of the fossils in the late 1980s, announced today.
The name honors Al Lakusta, now retired science teacher from Grande Prairie Public School District. He was teaching junior high science classes in Crystal Park School in Grande Prairie at the time of the discovery. The photo on the left is of Lakusta in the 1970s.
The dinosaurs Lakusta discovered are characterized by a bony frill on the back of the skull ornamented with smaller horns. They also had large bony structures above their nose and eyes which lends them their name: Pachyrhinosaurus (thick-nosed lizard), Currie said.