Canada Unveils ‘Dinosaur Mummy’ Found With Skin And Gut Contents Intact
After more than 110 million years encased in stone, an impeccably preserved, the dragon-like dinosaur has been unveiled by paleontologists in Canada and it’s unlike anything they’ve seen before.
The remains of an armor-plated nodosaur, a 3,000-pound plant-eating horned creature, went on display in Alberta after its accidental discovery by miners nearly Seven years ago.
Researchers say the fossil is remarkable, with it being a never-before-seen species of nodosaur, as well as the oldest dinosaur ever found in Alberta. Its preserved skin and gut contents are also providing invaluable clues on these extinct creatures.
When this dinosaur — a member of a new species named nodosaur — was alive, it was an enormous four-legged herbivore protected by a spiky, plated armor and weighing in at approximately 3,000 pounds.
Today, the mummified nodosaur is so intact that it still weighs 2,500 pounds.
How the dinosaur mummy could remain so intact is still something of a mystery, although as CNN says, researchers suggest that the creature “may have been swept away by a flooded river and carried out to sea, where it eventually sank.
Over millions of years on the ocean floor, minerals took the place of the dinosaur’s armor and skin, preserving it in the lifelike form now on display.”
Although the nodosaur dinosaur mummy was so well-preserved, getting it into its current display form was still an arduous undertaking.
The creature was, in fact, first discovered in 2011 when a crude oil mine worker accidentally discovered the specimen while on the job.
Since that lucky moment, it has taken researchers 7,000 hours over the course of the last seven years to both tests the remains and prepare them for display at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, where visitors now have the chance to see the closest thing to a real-life dinosaur that the world has likely ever seen.