The fossil of a specimen of Borealopelta markmitchelli is magnificently preserved with parts of its skin, armor and well almost intact
Regularly the remains of dinosaurs found by archaeologists consist of bones of these extinct animals, but recently one of the best preserved dinosaurs was analyzed.
The fossil of a very well preserved Borealopelta markmitchelli specimen was recently analyzed by scientists, revealing secrets about the time and environment in which it lived.
According to an article published by Ars Technica, this armored dinosaur is magnificently preserved. Nearly the entire animal—the skin, the armor that covers its skin, the spikes along its side, most of its body and legs, even its face—survived fossilization.
Since his remains were discovered, scientists have studied his anatomy, his armor, and even what he ate in his final days, uncovering unexpected new insights into an animal that went extinct approximately 100 million years ago.
A terrestrial dinosaur found on the seabed
Despite the fact that Borealopelta markmitchelli was a terrestrial dinosaur, the remains in question were found on the seabed.
The scientists who found him suspect that his corpse may have been dragged from a river to the sea in a flood; it may have remained on the surface upside down for a few days before sinking to the ocean depths.
According to a scientist told Ars Technica, the dinosaur sank in waters of more than 50 meters, where it was preserved thanks to the low temperatures and a particular mineral called glauconite, which is a green phosphate mineral.
Specialists also believe that the place and position in which his body fell also helped its extraordinary preservation, since the depth and the fact that it was upside down discouraged carrion from his corpse.