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Alberta museum unveils world’s best-preserved armoured dinosaur

It has been compared to a dinosaur mummy, a lifelike sculpture and even a dragon from Game of Thrones.

Now, 110 million years after it died, the 18ft-long nodosaur – hailed as the best-preserved armoured dinosaur in the world – has been unveiled at a Canadian museum.

“Normally when we find dinosaur fossils we just have a skeleton, the bones. And we have to use our imaginations to reconstruct what they look like,” said Caleb Brown, a postdoctoral researcher at Alberta’s Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology.

“In this case, we’re very lucky in that it’s not just the bones; we have all of the armour, the osteoderm is preserved, we also have all the skin preserved and it is in three dimensions.”


In Drumheller is home to the worlds largest dinosaur! Its 26.2M tall!!

We talk a short hike around the museum to see the local landscapes and ‘hoodoo’s’ 

Inside the museum was super interesting, lots of fossils pulled from the local area! 

We had a great day spending hours walking around the museum! would deffo go back again!


Stegosaurus by Heather
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Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller

The skeleton of “Black Beauty” at the  Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Canada.  Black Beauty is the 14th of the 20 most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons of Tyrannosaurus rex found and certainly one of the best preserved.  It was found in 1980 by Jeff Baker, while on a fishing trip with a friend in the region of the Crowsnest Pass, Alberta.

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New species of dinosaur, the regaliceratops, discovered in Canada

When fossil experts first clapped eyes on the skull, it was clearly from a strange, horned dinosaur. When they noticed how stunted the bony horns were, its nickname, Hellboy, was assured.

The near-complete skull of the 70 million-year-old beast was spotted by chance 10 years ago, protruding from a cliff that runs along the Oldman river south of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.

Painstakingly excavated, cleaned up and measured since then, the fossilised remains have now been identified as a relative of the three-horned triceratops, and the first example of a horned dinosaur to be found in that region of North America.

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Nickname: “Hellboy”

The bones of the new species, which lived in the Cretaceous some 70 million years ago, were found about a decade ago near a river in southeastern Alberta, Canada. But, it wasn’t until the specimen was being prepared that its “comically small” eye horns were noticed, says Caleb Brown of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Alberta.

"Once it was prepared it was obviously a new species, and an unexpected one at that. Many horned-dinosaur researchers who visited the museum did a double take when they first saw it in the laboratory,” he says.

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Skull photo: Sue Sabrowski/Courtesy of Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller, Alberta.

Artist’s representation: Julius T. Csotonyi/Courtesy of Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller, Alberta


The End of the Ice Age: Ecology, Functional Morphology, and Megafaunal Response to a Changing World

“Julie Meachen - Des Moines University, "The End of the Ice Age: Ecology, Functional Morphology, and Megafaunal Response to a Changing World"

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