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The duckbill fossil, named Leonardo, is laid out for display at the Phillips County Museum in Montana. The numbers are keyed to information about areas of the 23-foot-long fossil. A separate portion of the tail can be seen in the background of the photo.
Oct. 10 â€” A mummified dinosaur, unwrapped from the rocks of Montana, has revealed how the creature looked and how it lived 77 million years ago â€” down to the texture of its skin and the contents of its stomach, scientists say.
THE DUCKBILL DINOSAUR, nicknamed Leonardo, was fossilized in an unusual way, its discoverers reported Thursday at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontologyâ€™s annual meeting in Norman, Okla. Only a handful of such dinosaur mummies are known to exist, they said.
Mummified fossils are by no means like the linen-wrapped Egyptian remains from mere thousands of years ago. Rather, the specimens have turned to minerals in such a way that they preserve the look of the skin and internal tissue. In the past, scientists have theorized that mummified dinosaur flesh was dried out before it became a fossil. But researchers at the Judith River Dinosaur Institute and Phillips County...