It is believed to have weighed 3000lbs when alive, and it still weighs 2500lbs after ages.
Thousands of dinosaur and animal ‘fossils’ have been unearthed by archaeologists and scientists throughout the past decades, but this find tops them all in preservation. Most of this dinosaur’s body parts are so preserved, that experts call it a ‘mummy’ rather than a fossil. It is considered the most preserved dinosaur mummy in the world to date.
Though the carcass was discovered in 2011 in the oil sands of Alberta, the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology just recently unveiled the dinosaur in an exhibit. “We don’t just have a skeleton,” Caleb Brown, a researcher at the museum, told National Geographic. “We have a dinosaur as it would have been.”
Researchers and experts are amazed by how the dinosaur’s bones aren’t even visible, and most of its innards are still intact. It is believed to have weighed 3000lbs when alive, and it still weighs 2500lbs after ages.
The dinosaur is so well preserved that it “might have been walking around a couple of weeks ago,” Jakob Vinther, a paleobiologist from the University of Bristol, said. “I’ve never seen anything like this.”
The mummy, proven to have been a plant-eating nodosaur, defied predators with its large body and armor. Though the animal’s cause of death is yet to be determined, experts believe it wasn’t as violent as they expected. As a matter of fact, the dinosaur’s terrifying gaze was forever frozen in time.