Great! Dinosaur fossil with its skin is discovered in Canada

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Tube-crested hadrosaurs, Canada, 2016
Although few images have been released from this discovery, we can get an idea from the fossil of this hadrosaur Parasaurolophus found in Alberta, Canada in 2016.

For this scientific message, We’re going back to 2019. Universities from the UK and Australia joined in this period along with the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Canada. The aim was to promote research in Alberta Dinosaur Provincial Parkin Canada, for paleontology students to conduct the explorations.

But the containment experienced worldwide, forced to postpone fieldwork to 2021. And the wait was worth it, because not only did they find fossilized bones, but they found that traces of skin remained. From the rock formation they could see parts of a paw and tail that have these properties.

Let’s meet the Hadrosaur!

This species has spread across several continents that currently appear on our map. For example, it migrated through South America, Antarctica, Europe, Asia and North America. Its period of existence includes the late Cretaceous period.

Particularly, The fossil found is 75 million years old. And that despite the fact that there are several fossil finds of “Duck-billed Dinosaur” for the research team this finding is revealing, why?

Hadrosaur, Canada, skeleton
Skeleton of a duckbill hadrosaur found in Alberta Dinosaur Provincial Park in 2016. Estimated to be around 70 million years old.

Given the position of the hadrosaur, this is likely the rest of his body is inside the explored mound. This situation has paleontologists with overflowing hopes since the full skeleton it might be in the rock, which has not yet been excavated.

According to the Royal Spanish Academy, the Cretaceous Period is a geological period ranging from 144 to 65 million years ago. It was marked by the rise of the great mountain ranges of the Himalayas and the Andes.

Paleontologists have high expectations even more so in the state of preservation in which this fossil was found. The focus is on pull his skull out of the rock to identify the specific hadrosaur species discovered.

Researchers confirm that the fossil remains correspond to a hadrosaur, better known as a duckbill dinosaur.

In addition, the size of the leg and tail indicate this it could be a young hadrosaur. Grant a Insider knowledge about its development and physiognomy.

The “cradle” of fossils

Marked as one of the richest paleontological “mines” on earth that Dinosaur Provincial Park It has an area of ​​more than seventy square kilometers. More than forty species of dinosaurs were found in this place, mainly those who lived in the Upper Cretaceous.

Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada
Declared a World Heritage Site in 1979, the Provincial Park of the Dinosaurs is located in a desert area of ​​Alberta, Canada.

In 1979, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared this area as World Heritage. All the fossils rest in the Royal Tyrrell Museum discovered since the mid-1980s. In this way they can be uncovered, conserved and studied to generate more knowledge about them.

What remains to be done? It will take years of work to extract the entire fossil. The excavation begins at the top of the hill where the hadrosaur is found. So, in a while we’ll knowwith certainty what has been discovered in this remote place.

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