The dentists who found a fossil of a prehistoric sea slug were mistaken for a dinosaur, but that didn’t stop the story from being shared widely.
Dorothy Cook was one of the two dentists working on the case when she was shocked to find the fossil in a river.
It was the first of three that were found in the same river.
The dentalist said she had been working for the Dental Society of Canada on a dental case when her first contact with the fossil came in.
“I just knew it was there,” Cook said.
“I knew it had been there for quite some time.”
But the case is a long way from over.
The fossil had to be removed from the riverbed and the DSC had to find a way to put it back.
Cook has been contacted by a number of people, who are eager to help dig up the fossil.
“It’s a really nice feeling,” Cook added.
“Hopefully, the dinosaur is going to be able to be reunited with its human family.”
The DSC said the fossils will be put on display in the Canadian Museum of Nature and Science in Gatineau, Quebec, and that it has also received a letter of support from the University of Toronto.
The Dental Association of Canada said it has received support from some of its members in the past, but said the public’s interest is paramount.
“There’s no doubt that this story has been a great inspiration for many in our community,” the association said in a statement.
“Many people have asked for more information, and we appreciate the efforts made by the public in making this case public.”