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Thursday, June 19, 2008

A Mummified Dinosaur In North Dakota

Whoa, now this grabbed my attention since I have been fascinated by dinosaurs since I was old enough to read. This is only the fourth such find ever and is the most complete with fossilized skin and all. This will definately give paleontologists a far better idea of what the massive lizards would have looked like.

Using tiny brushes and chisels, workers picking at a big greenish-black rock in the basement of North Dakota's state museum are meticulously uncovering something amazing: a nearly complete dinosaur, skin and all.

Unlike almost every other dinosaur fossil ever found, the Edmontosaurus named Dakota, a duckbilled dinosaur unearthed in southwestern North Dakota in 2004, is covered by fossilized skin that is hard as iron. It's among just a few mummified dinosaurs in the world, say the researchers who are slowly freeing it from a 65-million-year-old rock tomb.

"This is the closest many people will ever get to seeing what large parts of a dinosaur actually looked like, in the flesh," said Phillip Manning, a paleontologist at Manchester University in England, a member of the international team researching Dakota.

1 comment:

Gayle said...

It will be interesting to see the pictures of it when they finally finish exposing it.