Four-year-old Wiley Bryc may be young, but he has made a major contribution to the world of science in his recent discovery of a 100-million-year-old Cretaceous dinosaur fossil. He will now have a tremendous head start and a nice looking resume if he ever decides a career in paleontology.
Wylie found the remains while digging for bones with his father, Tim Bryc, who is a Dallas Zookeeper. Researchers from Southern Methodist University have determined that the fossil is that of a Nodosaur. The University professionally excavated the heavily armored dinosaur last week and told the family what they had found.
“My dad told me it was a turtle,” Wylie told the Dallas Morning News. “But now he’s telling me it’s a dinosaur.”
Byrc says that he and his son usually just search for the bones of fish and other oceanic creatures and did not expect such a find, especially considering the most unlikely of places it was found, behind a grocery store.
Wylie Bryc joins fellow youngsters Kathryn Aurora Gray and Noah Cordle who have also made recent scientific discoveries. In 2011, Gray was only 1O years old when she became the youngest person to discovered a supernova, a record which was only broken two years later when her little brother Nathan discovered another supernova, 33 days younger than his older sister.
In 2014, Noah Cordle was 10 when he found a Native American artifact resembling an arrowhead on a New Jersey beach. It was found by researchers to be a 10,000-year-old weapon used to hunt Mastadon.