Dinosaur Fossil Found in Alberta Canada Is So Well-Preserved It Looks Like a Statue
"Shawn Funk was digging in Alberta's Millennium Mine with a mechanical backhoe, when he hit "something much harder than the surrounding rock." A closer look revealed something that looked like no rock Funk had ever seen, just "row after row of sandy brown disks, each ringed in gunmetal gray stone". What he had found was a 2,500-pound (1,130 kg) dinosaur fossil, which was soon shipped to the museum in Alberta, where technicians scraped extraneous rock from the fossilized bone and experts examined the specimen.
"More specifically, it was the snout-to-hips portion of a nodosaur, a "member of the heavily-armored ankylosaur subgroup," that roamed during the Cretaceous Period, according to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. This group of heavy herbivores, which walked on four legs, likely resembled a cross between a lizard and a lion - but covered in scales
"Unlike its cousins in the ankylosaur subgroup, the nodosaur lacked a bony club at the end of its tail, instead using armor plates, thick knobs and two 20-inch (50 centimeter) spikes along its armored side for protection, according to the Smithsonian.
"These guys were like four-footed tanks," dinosaur tracker Ray Stanford told The Washington Post in 2012.
This particular one, according to a news release, was 18 feet (5.4 meter) long and weighed around 3,000 pounds (1,360 kilograms).
"As Michael Greshko wrote for National Geographic, such level of preservation "is a rare as winning the lottery." He continued: "The more I look at it, the more mind-boggling it becomes. Fossilized remnants of skin still cover the bumpy armor plates dotting the animal's skull. Its right forefoot lies by its side, its five digits splayed upward. I can count the scales on its sole.
"The reason this particular dinosaur was so well preserved is likely due to a stroke of good luck. (Well, perhaps a stroke of bad luck for the poor nodosaur.) Eventually, the land creature floated out to the sea - which the mine where it was found once was - and sank to the bottom. Researchers believe it was on a river's edge, perhaps having a drink of water, when a flood swept it downriver."
Washington Post - May 12, 2017.https://www.sciencealert.com/a-new-dinosaur-fossil-has-been-so-well-preserved-it-looks-like-a-statue
"Eventually, the land creature floated out to the sea ... and sank to the bottom." Think of a global (Noah's) flood ?