Scientists Found the Best-Preserved Dinosaur Specimen Ever Unearthed

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Scientists Found the Best-Preserved Dinosaur Specimen Ever Unearthed

 

In 2011, a nodosaur dinosaur mummy was accidentally discovered by Shawn Funk, a crude oil mine worker. Aside from that, he also found the remains of marine plants and creatures that lived and died more than 110 million years ago. 

According to National Geographic, an American pay television network and flagship channel that is owned by National Geographic Partners, Funk had already been digging for over 12 years during that time. He had seen fossilized wood and the occasional petrified tree stump but never the remains of an animal, and certainly no dinosaurs. Since then, the researchers have tested the remains and prepared the mummy for display at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Alberta, Canada.

 

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What’s special about this nodosaur dinosaur mummy is that its bones remained covered by the creature’s intact skin and armor even after 110 million years. This makes it perhaps the best-preserved dinosaur specimen ever unearthed. Recently, the Royal Tyrrell Museum unveiled a dinosaur so well-preserved that it was called a “dinosaur mummy.” Caleb Brown, a researcher at the Royal Tyrrell Museum said, “We don’t just have a skeleton. We have a dinosaur as it would have been.”

 

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According to All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, the mummified nodosaur still weighs 2,500 pounds. If it were alive, it would be an enormous four-legged herbivore protected by a spiky, plated armor, weighing in at approximately 3,000 pounds. Paleobiologist Jakob Vinther, an expert on animal coloration from the UK’s University of Bristol, stated that it was so well preserved that it “might have been walking around a couple of weeks ago.”

 

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How come this dinosaur remained intact all these years? The researchers suggest that there’s a possibility that the creature was kept on the ocean floor for millions of years, which preserved it in lifelike form.

 

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