Nodosaur dinosaur 'Mummy' Revealed With Intact Skin And Guts
Canada revealed a really well-preserved dinosaur that many have taken to label it "dinosaur mummy" not a fossil but an honest-to-goodness mummy.
You can't even see the bones, so it's hailed by experts as perhaps the best-preserved specimen of dinosaurs ever discovered. That's because the bones remain coated with preserved skin and armor—110 million years after the death of the man. For the fur, armor, and even some of the guts of the creature intact, researchers are amazed at its almost unparalleled degree of preservation.
When this dinosaur — a member of a newly discovered genus named nodosaur — was alive, it was a massive four-legged herbivore protected by a spiky, plated shell, weighing in at about 3,000 pounds.
The fossilized nodosaur is so healthy today that he still weights 2.500 pounds.
In Pic : A pile of pebble-like masses may be traces of the last meal of a nodosaur.
How well the dinosaur mummy could remain so intact is something of a surprise, but, as CNN reports, researchers believe that the nodosaur could have been washed away by a flooded river and taken to sea, where it finally sunk to the ocean floor.
When millions of years have gone by minerals may finally have taken the place of the armor and skin of the dinosaur. It can help understand why it has preserved the creature in such a lifelike form.
The maintenance has been so good that researchers have been able to find out the skin color of the dinosaur, according to Science Alert.
Researchers detected pigments on dinosaur scales, using mass spectrometry techniques. Reportedly, the coloring of the nodosaur on top of the body was a dark reddish brown — and lighter on the lower part.
As though the preservation of skin, arms, and guts wasn't enough impressive, the dinosaur mummy is also remarkable in that it was preserved in three dimensions, that is the animal's original form was maintained.
Brown said, ‘‘It will go down in science history as one of the most beautiful and best preserved dinosaur specimens — the Mona Lisa of dinosaurs.”
In Pic : Mark Mitchell, the technician of the Royal Tyrrell Museum, slowly opens the foot of the nodosaur and the furred footpad from the rock around him. Careful work by Mitchell will preserve the mysterious characteristics of the animal for years to come.
While the mummy nodosaur dinosaur was remarkably well preserved, it was still difficult to get it to its current show shape. The species was reportedly first identified in 2011 when the specimen was inadvertently found by a heavy-machine operator while digging through oil sands in Alberta. It took researchers 7,000 hours over the course of six years to study the remains and prepare them for display at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Now, at last, visitors have the opportunity to look at the closest thing to a real-life dinosaur the world has probably ever seen.