Canadian Miners Found a Dinosaur So Well Preserved, It Looks Like a Sculpture
A recent article in The Atlantic highlights a dinosaur that was found by miners in Canada that was so well-preserved it could have been mistaken for a sculpture. Discovered by construction worker Shawn Funk in March 2011, the find has been hailed as one of the best-preserved armoured dinosaurs in the world.
As per The Atlantic:
The dinosaur that Funk unearthed—a 110-million-year-old creature named Borealopelta—was one of the ankylosaurs—a group of heavy-set, low-slung, tank-like dinosaurs. It lacked the shin-thwacking tail clubs that some of its relatives wielded, but its back was covered in heavy, armored scales, and a pair of 20-inch-long spikes jutted from its shoulders. It weighed 1.5 tons and was 20 feet from foot to tail.
You can read the full paper: “An Exceptionally Preserved Three-Dimensional Armored Dinosaur Reveals Insights into Coloration and Cretaceous Predator-Prey Dynamics” here. Credit to: Caleb M. Brown, Donald M. Henderson, Jakob Vinther, Ian Fletcher, Ainara Sistiaga, Jorsua Herrera, Roger E. Summons.