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69-million-year-old dinosaur fossil discovered by 12-year-old while hiking with dad

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BUFFALO, NY (CNN) - A 12-year-old makes an amazing discovery and an impressive Halloween display goes viral.

A young explorer may have accomplished a major life goal before the age of 13. When he made a very significant discovery.

A 12-year-old Canadian boy made a very significant dinosaur discovery.

That turned out to be just the tip of the iceberg. Not to mention, a dream come true.

"I've been aspiring to be a paleotologist for as long as i can remember," Nathan Hrushkin said.

Nathan and his father were hiking in Alberta over the summer when they found a very large bone.

Turns out, the partially-unearthed fossil came from the arm of a 69-million-year-old dinosaur.

They sent pictures to a museum, which identified the fossil as that of a hadrosaur, a duck-billed dino.

The museum then sent a team to the site who have since unearthed 30 to 50 more bones.

Nathan and his dad say they hope to one day see their dinosaur on display in a museum.

"To find a real dinosaur skeleton at the age of 12 and having it be this significant, it's just really amazing."

From freakin' cool to just plain freaky

An upstate New York homeowner held nothing back when it came to Halloween decorations

And he's going viral for his troubles

Retired toy maker David Moomaw put his skills on display with the spook-tacular setup

The crown jewel of which is a giant crawling spider on a moving crane

Moomaw's handiwork is going viral he has been featured on ABC's "America This Morning"

And local Tiktok videos featuring the display have combined for more than 9 million views

Moomaw says 2020 was definitely the year to do it.

"With so much going on this year, I felt if there was ever a time that we needed something other to look at it was now," Moomaw said.