Incredibly Well Preserved Dinosaur 'Mummy'

May 15, 2017


These are a couple shots and a video of the incredibly well preserved Nodosaur fossil discovered by miners in Alberta, Canada. Hard to believe that fossil is 110 million years old, right? It doesn't even look dead, it looks like it's just taking a nap. Speaking of-- "Finish the article first." Fine -- FINE.

How the animal, a land-dwelling, plant-eating nodosaur, died is not known, but somehow its body ended up at the bottom of an ancient sea. Minerals kept the remains remarkably intact, gradually turning the body into a fossil. And when it was unearthed in 2011, scientists quickly realized that it was the best-preserved specimen of its kind.

"It's basically a dinosaur mummy -- it really is exceptional," said Don Brinkman, director of preservation and research at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta. The dinosaur, with fossilized skin and gut contents intact, came from the Millennium Mine six years ago in the oil sands of northern Alberta, once a seabed.

Fascinating. I still can't believe something survived 110 million years in such good condition. I figure after I die I'll last about two days before my dog eats me, just like I requested in my will. FULL DISCLOSURE: I only put it in my will because it's bound to happen and I wanted people to think it was my choice and not the inevitable end of my sad, lonely existence. *knock knock* Hold on -- that must be a friend at the door. "You knocked on the table." I could use a hug. "Awww, get over here." And a really deep kiss. "Nevermind." I want to touch your breakfast with my tongue.

Keep going for a couple more pictures (including an artist's depiction of what the dinosaur looked like) and a video.



Thanks to Ryan H, steven and n0nentity, who agree that, despite being a vegetarian, that thing looks like it would make a pretty sweet battle mount.

  • Brian

    Of note the prepator who worked to remove this fossil from the surrounding rock worked solely on this fossil for over 7000 hours from 2011 to 2016.

  • As someone who's only faith is in the scientific method, this really makes me question some shit. 110 million years is an impossible amount of time for this to be so well preserved.

  • Chino Pisces

    I question your expertise.

  • Guesticle

    thats because it isn' only died a few hundred years ago!

  • Chino Pisces

    Are you retarded for jesus?

  • Guesticle

    are you retarded for satan?

  • Chino Pisces

    No such thing a satan. Grow up, you tool.

  • Guesticle

    ur dum

  • Chino Pisces

    You're a faggot.

  • Chino Pisces

    That answers my question. You must be a total idiot if you actually believe in imaginary friends. Fuck you and your retarded religion.

  • Guesticle

    so you're just retarded for it's own sake then? I'm not sure if that's better or worse

  • Chino Pisces

    That's because you are a stupid and ignorant person.

  • Guesticle

    really dumb

  • Chino Pisces

    But i fucked your mother. I can't be dumb.

  • Jenness

    They put the text RIGHT over it's face - so annoying.

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