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The Best-preserved Armoured Dinosaur Ever Found
Freaky "Dragon' Dinosaur Discovered In Alberta Canada (CCSS Level: Grade 8, Words: 418)
May 18, 2017 History
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While excavating for oil sand in Alberta Canada in March 2011, miner Shawn Funk spotted something unusual. What he found that day turned out to be one of the most breathtaking, take-you-back-in time science, and important fossils unearthed in decades.

The fossil Funk uncovered was of a new species of nodosaur (armoured dinosaur) and was the best-preserved armoured dinosaur ever found, scientists say. At roughly 110 million years old, it was also the oldest dinosaur ever found in Alberta. The nodosaur is now the crown jewel of a newly opened dinosaur exhibit at the Royal Tyrrel Museum of Palaeontology in Alberta, Canada.

"This is pretty much the most impressive fossil I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot of great fossils. It was like a Game of Thrones dragon. It was so 3-dimensional, like a prop from a movie." Mr. Clark who photographed more than 40 stories for National Geographic magazine, specializing in capturing the distant past of life and culture said "It's basically a dinosaur mummy, it really is exceptional. "

It took the museum more than 7,000 hours to prepare the specimen for research and display, according to a press release.

What makes the nodosaur staggeringly unique isn't its size. This dinosaur is so well preserved that it "might have been walking around a couple of weeks ago," paleobiologist Jakob Vinther of the University of Bristol told National Geographic. He commented. "I've never seen anything like this 18-foot-long, nearly tank-like behemoth which was likely the rhinoceros of its day, a grumpy herbivore that largely kept to itself."

Considering the sleeping giant you see when you look at it, it is astounding. For one thing, you don't see bones; most of the skeleton is undetectable because it's covered in fossilised skin and, as the museum describes it, "encased in intact body armour." Scientists think this nodosaur may have been carried away by a flooded river which swept it into the sea, a body o water that covered that part of Canada at the time. Over millions of years on the ocean floor, minerals took the place of the dinosaur's armor and skin, preserving it in the lifelike form now on display, according to National Geographic.

A similarly horned species of dinosaur was recently identified at a Museum in Toronto. That cousin fossil, originally found in Montana, also contained soft tissue such as scales and parts of horn, but that dinosaur's remains are nowhere near as lifelike as the Alberta nodosaur.

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as said by


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something really popular amongst a group of people


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a large reptile that lived millions of years ago


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unusual; not typical


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underwater


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kept going, looked after


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not long ago


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strange, not common, different


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