Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

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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Tags: dino-porn, random cool stuff

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