This dinosaur is a hadrosaurus or, as they are also called, “duck-nosed” dinosaurs. The found specimen will provide important information about the dinosaur’s anatomy and what it looked like.
During recent archaeological excavations in Canada’s Dinosaur Provincial Park, researchers discovered a fossil on a mountainside that is a rare complete skeleton of a dinosaur, Shropshire Star writes.
Although the fossil includes a large part of the tail of a young hadrosaurus (also “duck-nosed” dinosaurs) and its right hind leg, it is placed in the mountain in such a way that scientists do not exclude the preservation of the entire skeleton. Because complete dinosaur skeletons are so rare, the specimen will provide important information about the dinosaur’s anatomy and what it looked like.
“This is a very exciting discovery and we hope to complete the excavation within the next two field seasons. Judging by the small size of the tail and feet, this was a young dinosaur. Although adult duck dinosaurs are well represented in the fossil record, younger species are much rarer.” – said scientist Brian Pickles from the University of Reading.
This means that the find could greatly help paleontologists understand how hadrosaurs grew and evolved. At most, there may be even more skin preserved in the rock, which could provide a complete picture of what the hadrosaur looked like.
“Hadrosaur fossils are quite common in this part of the world, but one thing that makes this find unique is the fact that large areas of the exposed skeleton are covered with fossilized skin,” said scientist Caleb Brown of the Royal Tyrrell Paleontology the museum
“In fact, we do not rule out that there may be even more preserved skin in the rock, which will give us a more complete picture of what the hadrosaur looked like,” the experts added.
Collecting the entire skeleton can take several months, and once the fossil is collected, it will be taken to the Royal Tyrrell Palaeontological Museum’s preparation laboratory, where experts will work on a detailed study of the fossil.
Experts will determine how well preserved the fossil is, whether the entire skeleton is there and how much skin is preserved. It will be possible to determine the exact appearance of the “duck-nosed” dinosaur only if the skull is discovered. Depending on the size and preservation of the specimen, it may take several years to fully prepare it for study and display.
We will remind that the largest dinosaur in Europe was discovered earlier in Portugal. The discovery was made by a Portuguese who came across the remains in his yard. The length of the skeleton is 25 m, and the height is 12 m.