I ran across this last night as I was surfing the net and wanted to share it with everyone here because the state of preservation is so amazing that this dinosaur fossil looks like a statue. It shows every detail of the now extinct creature and gives us a really good look at what this species actually looked like.
The fossil is of an 110 myr Nodosaur commonly known as the “four legged tank.” It was discovered by a miner named Shawn Funk in Alberta, Canada at the Millennium Mine. It’s the most well preserved fossil of its kind ever found to date. It took researchers six years to get this thing out of the rock it was preserved in. Its skin and armor is completely preserved and is the best in the world according to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology.
The fossil is said to be of a previously unknown species of Nodosaur which lived midway through the Cretaceous period between 110-112 mya. These creatures were about 5 meters (18 feet) long and weighed about 1,300 ka (3,000 lbs). It has 20 inch long spikes protruding from its shoulders so this thing was something to be reckoned with for sure!
Unfortunately, the fossil was not complete because only from the snout to the hips was intact enough to recover but it’s still pretty amazing. This species was a herbivore that lived in what is now western Canada. We think it was swept out into the ocean by a flood and so basically it drowned. Also, remnants of skin still cover some of the bumpy armor plates along the dino’s skull which is thrilling! Honestly, this thing is nothing short of mind-boggling.
Be sure and take a look at the pictures in the Daily Mail Online article as they are absolutely amazing.
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