Mummified dinosaur unearthed in North Dakota
Staff at North Dakota's state museum are carefully freeing the dinosaur from its 65-million-year-old rock tomb.
There are only a few mummified dinosaurs in the world, but a find such as this will provide such an interesting glimpse into how the dinosaurs lived, and maybe how they died.
Unlike almost every other dinosaur fossil ever found, the Edmontosaurus named Dakota, a duckbilled dinosaur unearthed in southwestern North Dakota in 2004, is covered by fossilized skin that is hard as iron. It's among just a few mummified dinosaurs in the world, say the researchers who are slowly freeing it from a 65-million-year-old rock tomb.
"This is the closest many people will ever get to seeing what large parts of a dinosaur actually looked like, in the flesh," said Phillip Manning, a paleontologist at Manchester University in England, a member of the international team researching Dakota.
"This is not the usual disjointed sentence or fragment of a word that the fossil records offer up as evidence of past life. This is a full chapter."