September 24, 2014 4:05 pm
Updated: September 24, 2014 4:11 pm

New Mexico dinosaur linked to Alberta

University of Alberta researchers pose with a skull of Ziapelta sanjuanensis

University of Alberta

It seems they’re cousins!

An armoured dinosaur discovered in New Mexico has close ties to Alberta, according to University of Alberta paleontologists.

Remains of Ziapelta sanjuanensis, found in 2011 closely resemble Ankylosaurus, a club-tailed giant that called Alberta home more than 66 million years ago.

The discovery means the remains of Ziapelta could be buried in Alberta’s Badlands.

University of Alberta researcher Victoria Arbour says “we should be on the lookout for Ziapelta fossils in the Horseshoe Canyon Formation in the future.”

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