Paleontologists claim to have identified a rare "dinosaur mummy" in Canada, one of the best-preserved dinosaur fossils ever found.
The hadrosaur fossil was discovered at Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, including researchers from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. Hadrosaur was a duck-billed, large-bodied herbivorous dinosaur.
The dinosaur's remains included a significant portion of its tail and right hind leg, and it's possible that the entire skeleton is still preserved inside the crest, according to the researchers.
Although hadrosaur fossils are quite abundant in this part of the world, experts noted that the discovery was special as a significant portion of the dinosaur's visible skeleton was covered in fossilized skin.
According to academics, including Brian Pickles of the University of Reading, the "dinosaur mummy" may provide more information about the creature's general anatomy and appearance.
We hope to finish the excavation during the next two field seasons. This is a very exciting discovery. Dr. That's definitely a teenager, given the modest size of the tail and feet, Pickles said.
The dinosaur may have gone extinct between 77 and 75 million years ago, or 10 million years before the dinosaurs went extinct.
“Although adult duck-billed dinosaurs are abundant in the fossil record, juvenile creatures are much less common.
Dr. According to Pickles, paleontologists can benefit from the discovery to better understand how hadrosaurs evolved and matured.
According to the scientists, the latest discovery raises the possibility that the rock has more preserved skin and could provide additional information about the appearance of hadrosaurs.
It may take months to collect the entire skeleton, but once formed, it can be prepared for laboratory analysis to determine the definitive species of the fossil duck-billed dinosaur.
But that would require the discovery of a fossilized skull.
According to the researchers, it may take several years to adequately prepare it for study and presentation, given the size of this specimen and the quality of preservation.