Yes. The discovery of a life time.
Deviating from the path well trodden brings it's own rewards- it's own trophies. To do the same thing over and over, to always err on the side of the 'known' yields little of importance.
Had he found any number of its bones in isolation, he would have classified them differently. ....."And like the blind men studying the individual parts of the elephant, he would have been wrong."