This dinosaur was discovered six years ago, having spent about 110 million years buried, this herbivorous specimen is now exposed to the public in a museum in Alberta.
Researchers who study this animal consider that this nodosaurus (from the Latin nodosaurus textilis or lizard nodule) is a fantastic specimen, given the high degree of preservation of the body that it presents. Normally, the findings in this area are of bone fragments or of small remains of bodies that do not allow an in-depth study on the dinosaurs.
The nodosaurus (weighing approximately 1,300 kilograms and a length of 5.4 meters) has scaly, deeply resistant, fossilized skin and the interior of the body practically intact. This is the most valuable point of the discovery, since it will allow you to know not only your own eating habits but also the operation of all your organs.
The perfect state of conservation in which this specimen is found, is explained, as explained by the team of investigators who is analyzing it, “most probably to the fact that it was caught in some sudden flood, drowning and having the minerals present in water, to infiltrate the skin and the inside of the body, allowing it to retain its true shape and preserve living tissue”, said Caleb Brown, a member of the team, quoted by Trust My Science. Around the body has also contributed greatly to its preservation.
This dinosaur was discovered in 2011 in a tunnel of a mine located in a sandy area of Alberta, which was covered with water in prehistory. It can now be seen by all the public. The nodosaurus moved on all four legs and was devoid of bony structure in the tail. It was also endowed with two lateral horns located in the neck area.
The remains of the dinosaur are patent at the Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology in Alberta.