Paleontologist allegedly locates well-kept Dinosaur remains

CANADA – Scientists have uncovered what many have referred to as a “Dinosaur mummy in Canada, and it is allegedly one of the few best conserved fossilized remains ever located.

The corpse is that of a Hadrosaur, a duck-billed, massive plant-eating Dinosaur, which was located sticking out of a mountainside inside Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, Canada, according to scientists from the University of Reading, in the United Kingdom.

The fossilized skeleton contained a massive section of the Dinosaur's tail and its right hindmost foot. It is entirely likely that the rest of the structure may still be secured within the mountain, according to a statement from the scientists.

Hadrosaur remains are frequently found in this locale, but what makes this discovery the most interesting is that substantial portions of the animal's skeleton are wrapped in petrified skin.

Dr. Brian Pickles, a paleontologist from the University of Reading said that this “dinosaur mummy” could enlighten more knowledge on the animal's appearance and overall anatomy..and that "this is a very exciting discovery and we hope to complete the excavation over the next two field seasons. Based on the small size of the tail and foot, this is likely to be a juvenile,” As quoted by MSN.

Dr. Pickles theorizes that the animal could have died sometime between 77 to 75 million years ago and speculates it was 10 million years before the event that killed the dinosaurs.

Dr. Pickles said, “Although adult duck-billed dinosaurs are well represented in the fossil record, younger animals are far less common. This means the find could help palaeontologists to understand how hadrosaurs grew and developed,” As reported by MSN.

This find indicates that there could be more epidermis conserved within the stone that could bring more knowledge into the Hadrosaur appearance, researchers have said.

According to a comment released by the researchers, accumulating the whole skeletal system could take some months, but once fully gathered, the remains can be furnished to a laboratory for further research to find out the correct species of duck-billed dinosaur. This would demand the skull be located.

Scientists have said in a statement, “Based on the size and preservation of this specimen, fully preparing it for research and the display may take several years,” As quoted by MSN.

According to Wikipedia, Hadrosaurus is a species of dinosaur that lived in North America that scientists theorize lived in the Late Cretaceous period some 80 to 78 million years ago. They were very large ranging from 23 to 26 ft to 2 to 4 short tons. They can be distinctly identified due to their keratinous beaks (duck-bill) for cutting vegetation and a complicated set of teeth for distributing food.

Although exceedingly rare, “Dinosaur mummies” provide scientists with greater detail into what dinosaurs looked like. Aside from finding well-preserved dinosaur skin, some mummies that have been found previously have contained the animal's organs and also the contents of their last meals.
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