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Impeccably Preserved Dinosaur Fossil Found In Canada Goes On Display

 A massive dinosaur fossil is now on display in Alberta, Canada.

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The enormous fossil was accidentally discovered by miners in Alberta nearly six years ago. 

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After working for 7,000 hours to chip away at the stone surrounding the dinosaur, researchers finally exposed the massive creature, which is the best-preserved fossil of its kind ever found. 

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The dinosaur is a 110-million-year-old nodosaur, a plant-eater with horns and armor-plated skin.

In a recent interview, Caleb Brown, a postdoctoral researcher at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology where the dinosaur is now on display, told National Geographic: "We don’t just have a skeleton. We have a dinosaur as it would have been." 

The fossil, which is being called a "dinosaur mummy," was impressive not only because of its size and age, but also because its skin and the contents of its gut were still preserved.

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While the discovery was a profound moment, researchers hit some bad luck right off the bat when the 15,000-pound block containing the fossil fractured into several pieces during its removal from Alberta's Millennium Mine in 2011. 

But there was a silver lining. Darren Tanko, a paleo technician seen in the video below, states:

"One of the good things about this, believe it or not, is because it's in smaller pieces it will make preparation go a little faster." 

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He adds, "This is restorable. Everything broke cleanly and in big pieces. It's unfortunate that this happened but this is restorable." 

And now we're lucky enough to see the results of that restoration:

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 H/T: Huffington Post, National Geographic, New York Times