The most amazing dinosaur fossil ever found now goes on display for the whole world to see at the Canada museum after 5 years of pain staking preparation!
The fossil was unearthed at the Millennium Mine in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Discovered by accident when heavy equipment operator Shawn Funk saw what looked like a stone dragon in the mine soil.
This remarkable fossil is different to most dinosaur fossils because the body of the animal was petrified leaving the body and skin intact. Most fossils are decayed to the bone leaving just a skeletal remain. The dinosaur this belongs species called a Nodosaur. A large plant eating animal that would have been around 20 feet long. It would have weighed several tons. Its was was covers on amour plates and large protective spines, some of which were 20 inches long.
Originally discovered in 2011, the fossil was recovers and brought to the museum for restoration. Which ended up taking several years to complete. But the end result is spectacular and is the best example we have of how a dinosaur actually looked.
The fossil is carbon dated to be 110 million years old. It is thought the beast died in a river that then swept it into the sea were it was buried in mud and petrified. Over millions of years the body then became fossilized.
Although the fossil is not 100 percent complete, it is preserved in incredible details from the tip of its snout down to the rear hips. Even the five digit claws can be seen in such details that the scales can be counted individually.
In life this is how the dinosaur would actually look. The huge spines would make it very hard for large predators to attack it.
Although this area in Canada is quite cold. Going back 110 million years ago its was have been a very different climate. A lush green forest covered region with warm temperatures throughout the year. Ideal for plants to grow meaning plenty of food for these gigantic creatures to feed on.
Your can read the full story about this fantastic fossil and the person who found it by visiting the link below to National Geographic.
Best Preserved Dinosaur Fossil Ever Found On Display At Canada Museum
Source: National Geograhic