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Here’s an Exquisitely Well-Preserved Dinosaur Fossil to Blow your Mind!

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PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT CLARK, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Nope. This is no lifelike sculpture. This is an actual dinosaur fossil. And as you can see, this is what a dinosaur would’ve actually looked like!

This 110 million-year-old fossil is a nodosaur (also called nodosaurid or ankylosaur), a type of plant-eating armored dinosaur. Thanks to its undersea burial, it has been exquisitely preserved from the snout to the hips. You can even see the intricate details of its armor and soft tissue!

Discovered accidentally by a miner in 2011, researchers had then painstakingly prepared the fossil for the last five years. Now, you can see for yourself the result of their careful work.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT CLARK, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

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PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT CLARK, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

“It was like a Game of Thrones dragon,” photographer Robert Clark says, describing the animal’s features. “It was so dimensional, like a prop from a movie.” At a certain angle, it even seems like it’s looking at you.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT CLARK, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Caleb Brown, a postdoctoral researcher at the museum, grinned and told Michael Greshko of Natgeo, “we don’t just have a skeleton. We have a dinosaur as it would have been.”

You can see its distinctive tile-like plates. The fossilize patches of its skin has also undergone some chemical tests that suggest there were reddish pigments in it. Its ribs and tail supporting tendons are also intact.

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What are believed as remnants of its last meal can also be seen in its soft tissue. With this, further chemical tests are expected to shed light on its diet and environment. A fresh and amazing glimpse into the past- the world of dinosaurs. The huge fossil also includes one of the hind feet with 3-D spacing of its bones and soft tissue.

You probably also wouldn’t want to miss this NatGeo virtual tour as it resurrects such “dragon”. Feed your imagination and get ready to have your mind blown!



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