The 110 million year old preserved dinosaur mummy found in Canada that has attracted researchers. Over the weekend, a “mummified” dinosaur image with National Geographic news spread throughout the world, attracting attention. This 110 million year old armor-eater is a newly discovered species of the nodosaur family and is currently on display at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta, Canada.
This animal is of course a very impressive example, because this time it is not just a few broken bones, it is a whole living creature that is petrified with soft tissue fragments. The paleontologists working on this dinosaur; say it is one of the best preserved dinosaurs on Earth.
The research team is trying to analyze as much as possible inner texture of the animal with the CT scans even if they cannot see the skeleton. Caleb Brown, one of the paleontologists studying on this dinosaur says that as the research progresses, they will be able to gather information about the animal’s internal organs, and maybe even find out what the last meal is.
By the help of Brown and his colleagues’ knowledge, a possible scenario has been created to understand how this animal was protected so well. According to Brown, Alberta had a very different structure during the early-middle Cretaceous, and there was a warm, shallow inner sea extending from the Gulf of Mexico to the North Ocean. Most of the preserved dinosaurs that were found were on the shores of this sea. They were found buried in sediments and fossilized.
However, this dead dinosaur was found under the old sea floor, not on the sea shore, but on the open. That’s why Brown thinks the animal was probably moved to the sea after its dead. As the animal reached this ancient ocean, the decay process began, and trillions of bacteria would begin to produce dangerous gases by breaking up the animal’s cells. After these gases caused the animal’s body to swell and swim, something at one point would have blown these gases. After the explosion, the body would begin to sink quickly. Brown says they know what this explosion is about because of the preserved crash detection.
They think it was probably protected from leech by being buried under a thick mud layer after Nodosaur‘s body was shoved to the sea bottom. Low oxygen levels on the ocean floor have probably stopped the decay process. Over time, the animal became completely stony, replacing most of the soft tissue with hard minerals. Brown, however, does not want to give too much explanation about the animal’s structure because the results of the research have not been published yet.