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Well-preserved dinosaur unveiled in Canada.

(TAP) - Alberta's Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology unveiled Tuesday the fossil of 18ft well-preserved armoured dinosaur found in 2011 in Alberta's tar sands.

"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."

The remains were found completely on accident, when mine workers sliced through part of the dinosaur's fossilised skin. Once they realised they'd discovered something strange they alerted archeologists who unearthed the rest and found it to be the most spectacularly preserved example of a fossil of this type, not to mention a totally new species of nodosaur.

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Date:May 17, 2017
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