WASHINGTON (SBG) — Scientists said a recent discovery made in northern Alaska might prove to be a major breakthrough.
Researchers said they have potentially discovered a new dinosaur species that roamed the Arctic, which consists of the Arctic Ocean, neighboring seas, and parts of Alaska, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Northern Canada, Norway, Russia, and Sweden.
The fossilized jawbone dates back roughly 70 million years and is shining a light on an otherwise dark moment in time. An artist created an illustration of how the creature could have looked.
The depiction suggests the animal was a baby, around the size of a puppy, belonging to the family tree that includes the better-known velociraptors. Fully grown members of the creature's family could have been as tall as 9 feet.
To confirm they have discovered a new species, scientists say they still need a more complete skeleton, according to the study published in the journal "PLOS ONE."