The ‘National Geographic‘ magazine has published the surprising images of an ‘armored’ dinosaur fossil. This plant-eating dinosaur is known as Nodosaur, which was found in the excellent condition. The place of oil sands, where the dinosaur fossil was discovered, once housed a sea.
The scientists who found the fossil claim that this “mummified dinosaur” is the best preserved sample of a nodosaurid, not only because of the state of its fossilized skin, but also because the contents of its belly have been preserved.
The mummified body of this specimen was discovered in 2011 by the workers of a private company during an excavation, but their images have come to light for the first time in the ‘National Geographic‘ magazine.
This herbivore that lived about 110 million years ago would have wandered through what is now western Canada until an overflowing river dragged it into the open sea. According to the magazine, thanks to this “underwater burial” the “armor” of the dinosaur was preserved excellently. Its skull still features tile-shaped plates and a gray patina of fossilized skins.
The antiquity of the ‘nodosauridae’ and its incredible state of preservation make this discovery something amazing and unprecedented. Interestingly, the bones are not appreciated, since most of the skeleton is covered by fossilized skin.
Now the mummified dinosaur fossil is kept for display in Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology located in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada.