Fossil from 60M years ago found on Olds campus

An employee at Olds College, north of Calgary, has found an ancient fossil.

Small crocodile-like fossil found in a rock

An employee at Olds College, near Red Deer, has found an ancient fossil.

Leona Megli, who previously attended the college and now works as groundskeeper, found the fossil of a Champsosaurs — which is a semi-aquatic fresh water reptile.

It resembled a small crocodile and was about two metres long.

An employee at Olds College found the fossil of a Champsosaurs, which is a semi-aquatic fresh water reptile. (Olds College)

Megli says she found it encased in a rock while looking for other rocks in the area for a landscaping project.

"At first glance we thought it was a dried banana peel," Megli explained.

"At closer glance we realized it was something much more valuable, but the last thing you think you'd find in your job is a 60-million-year-old fossil."

According to officials at the Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller, Alta. — where the fossil is now being kept — it is only one of two found in North America.