Now, this is totally cool. A dinosaur found with muscle and skin intact. Although I studied dinosaurs in Geology a long time ago, I couldn’t remember what a hadrosaur was. So, I looked it up.From Paleodirect:
Hadrosaurs were the most common, varied, and well-adapted ornithopod (bird-hipped) dinosaurs. The group probably evolved in central Asia and by the Late Cretaceous Period, had spread all over the lands of the northern hemisphere, migrating across a land bridge that existed at that time connecting Asia to North America. From there, the group moved eastward again to Europe. Remains of a certain type have even been found in southern Argentina, believed to be from a migration from North America across a volcanic island chain that once existed. (more…)
A high school student hunting fossils in the badlands of his native North Dakota discovered an extremely rare mummified dinosaur that includes not just bones but also seldom seen fossilized soft tissue such as skin and muscles, scientists will announce today.
The 25-foot-long hadrosaur found by Tyler Lyson in an ancient river flood plain in the dinosaur-rich Hell Creek Formation is apparently the most complete and best preserved of the half-dozen mummified dinosaurs unearthed since early in the last century, they said.Much scientific investigation remains to be done, and no peer-reviewed studies of it have yet been published, but the discovery appears to be yielding tantalizing new clues about the size, body mechanics and appearance of the reptilian beasts that ruled the Earth millions of years ago, said paleontologists studying the specimen. (more…)