Back in 2011, an industrial shovel operator from Alberta, Canada, made the discovery of a lifetime as, while working on a construction site, the man stumbled upon the fossilized remains of an armored dinosaur. Shawn Funk informed experts about his finding and now, after more than 6 years, the excavation is completed.
This Is the Best Preserved Fossil of Its Kind
Paleontologists were shocked to discover the remains of the armored dinosaur were in perfect condition. This specimen is believed to be 112-million-year-old. The skeleton is now at the Royal Tyrrel Museum of Paleontology in Alberta.
“It’s been worth the wait. It’s the best-preserved dinosaur in the world,” mentioned Donald Henderson, curator of the Royal Tyrrel Museum.
Although most fossils are flat, the remains of this armored dinosaur are in a 3D state with armor, stomach, and skin almost intact. The newly-discovered species of nodosaurs was a part of the vegetation-munching ankylosaur family.
The specimen in question was 18-feet long and weighed around 3,000 pounds, and received the title of oldest dinosaur ever to be found in Alberta. Thanks to its perfect condition, the director of the Royal Tyrell Museum is treating the fossil more like a mummy than a skeleton.
It is believed that the dinosaur fell into a river and was carried to sea. Then it was buried in mineral-filled mud which helped preserve the fossil. The mud seeped into the skin, internal cavities, and the armor of the giant reptile, making it look more like a petrified statue than a 120-million-year-old fossil.
The Royal Tyrell Museum Celebrates Industrial Workers
The current exhibit at the Royal Tyrrel Museum, Grounds for Discovery, focuses on fossils that were discovered by industrial workers. The director of the museum mentioned that they have been working with industrial workers in order to make them understand the importance of preserving fossils, urging them to notify experts whenever they stumble upon ancient remains.
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