This Dinosaur Fossil Is So Well Preserved It Looks Like A Statue

Posted: May 14 2017, 5:06pm CDT | by , Updated: May 14 2017, 5:13pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
This Dinosaur Fossil is So Well Preserved it Looks Like a Statue
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The world's best-preserved dinosaur fossil went on display in Canadian museum on Friday

At first, this gray colored structure looks like a lifelike sculpture of a dinosaur. But it’s really not. This is an actual dinosaur and probably the most well preserved in the world. The best preserved dinosaur fossil ever to be found was unveiled in Canada’s Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology on Friday, nearly six years after its discovery.

“The dinosaur is so well preserved that it “might have been walking around a couple of weeks ago,” said paleobiologist Jakob Vinther from University of Bristol, UK. “I’ve never seen anything like this.”

The fossil belongs to a new species of nodosaur - an armored, plant-eating dinosaur that roamed in western Canada some 110 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period. The fossil was discovered by accident in 2011 when a heavy-equipment operator named Shawn Funk carved his way through a mine site in Alberta and ended up discovering the remarkably well preserved remains of a dinosaur.

“That was a really exciting discovery. It represents such a different environment from today and such a different time, and it has great preservation.”Victoria Arbour, an armored-dinosaur paleontologist at Canada’s Royal Ontario Museum told National Geographic.

In Alberta, tons of soils and bedrocks are excavated every year for road construction, urban development etc and this industrial activity can lead to the discovery of fossil remains of ancient creatures, especially of dinosaurs.

“Staff at the Royal Tyrrell Museum and our colleagues at the Royal Alberta Museum have been working for several decades to educate industry on the importance of preserving and protecting fossils uncovered by industrial activities.” Executive director Andrew Neuman told CBC.

“This exhibit highlights some of the results of this collaborative approach to heritage preservation.”

The newly-displayed dinosaur fossil measures 18 foot long and weighs around 3,000 pound. It is the oldest dinosaur fossil found in Alberta. Researchers say that the specimen was died in a river, possibly swept in by a flood. The undersea burial preserved the structure in exquisite detail. Remnants of skin are still covering the armor plates scattered on the animal’s skull.

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