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mummified dinosaur!

Tyler Lyson - a teen at the time - found this "mummified" fossil of a hadrosaur in 1999 on his family's ranch in North Dakota. It's called "mummified" because the fossil contains parts like skin, organs, ligaments, and other soft tissues not normally preserved in the fossilization process.

"The fossilized duckbilled hadrosaur is so well preserved that scientists have been able to calculate its muscle mass and learn that it was more muscular than thought, probably giving it the ability to outrun predators such as T. rex."

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Scientists are studying "Dakota," as it is now called, using the world's largest CT scanner, usually reserved for analyzing space shuttle engines and other large objects. Check out the skin detail:

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Dec. 4th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
No kidding! Dino-skin!

Ah, I love living in this Age of Scientific Discovery.
Dec. 4th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
Clone EEEET! I wanna go to Jurassic Park!
Dec. 4th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
I expected those movies to kinda suck, and I wasn't let down in my expectations. However, even so, I knew I could not resist going to the theater and watching dinos run around for a couple of hours.

Heck, they could have dropped the whole human story and made it a better movie. Just dinos, y'know, running hither and yon across Jurassic Park *sigh*

It's why I own Walking With Dinosuars DVD series.
Dec. 4th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
That's so cool.

Do they know what mummified it?
Dec. 4th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
The article doesn't say, but I suspect it was perfect conditions (no oxygen), probably a mud bath.
Dec. 4th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
Oooooo. Lookit that! (this is what my inner--and outer--child likes.)
Dec. 4th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
I'd heard about it too, but wow.. WOW. That is absolutely amazing. How lucky we are to be able to see this..
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