Paleontologists are thrilled with the discovery of a dinosaur tail fossil that was discovered by a pipeline crew in northern Canada earlier this week.
The crew stopped work in the area near the Spirit River in northwestern Alberta after a backhoe dug up what some are calling a museum-quality fossil.
Canada.com reports that it may be the full tail of a "prehistoric beast" that may have been as much as 33 feet long.
Paleontologist Matthew Vavrek tells Canada.com that the fossil find near Spirit River is a "a significant fossil discovery."
Executive director of the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, Brian Brake, told the Edmonton Journal that the "totally composed" tail is "beautiful."
What type of dinosaur did the tail belong to?
There is speculation that the gigantic tail fossil belong to a duck-billed dinosaur and could be the tailbone of the leaf eater.
Paleontologists on the site of the discovery told reporters that the fossil seems to be the tailbone of the dinosaur. If it was indeed a duck-billed dinosaur, or hadrosaur, it lived during the Upper Cretaceous Period.
Is there more than just the tail in the dig area?
Palaeontologist Matthew Vavrek told CNN that while it's possible, the tail may be it: "Sometimes what you see is what you get."
Once the fossil is removed, it will likely be taken to the Tyrrell Museum or the University of Alberta for further research.