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A new report this month in the open access journal PLOS One, announces the discovery of a new dinosaur from the Late Maastrichtian (a few million years prior to the big dino extinction 65 million years ago) of the North and South Dakotas. And an odd duck it was. Oviraptosaurian dinosaurs are a smallish dinosaur with rather unique skeletal anatomy and structure. Like all theropods their bones are hollow inside with the bone shell at times very thin. This may be why they don’t preserve often – their fragile bones shatter in the course of decomposition and exposure prior to the chances of fossilization. Also, they have a crest feature on their head, the extension of the premaxilla bone. The animal also lacked teeth, and thus it can be reasonably inferred as an “ecological generalist that fed upon vegetation, small animals, and perhaps eggs”. The report, led by Matthew Lamanna of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and others – A New Large-bodied Oviraptorosaurian Theropod Dinosaur from the Latest Cretaceous of Western North America – also suggest that this new dinosaur, called Anzu wyliei, “may have favored well-watered floodplain settings” in life. This discovery now adds to the ever growing fauna moments (geologically) before their ecosystem would crash, thanks in part to a sizable meteorite. And this fauna will most assuredly grow. Here in Saskatchewan we have the same aged sediments as those from the North and South Dakotas, and likely had similar palaeoenvironments. So, a reasonable question could be, why haven’t we had our own Anzu, or any other caegnathid dinosaur skeletons? The answer to this is in part, ‘wait’. With our resources we spend much of the summer searching for new sites and specimens over the last 98 million years. And compared to the late Maastrichtian of the U.S., we really have only scratched the surface of these rocks in Saskatchewan. In time, with further prospecting, and more sympathetic eyes searching we may find our own Anzu; or, maybe we will find something completely different.