A dinosaur with impressive armored plates that was mummified after one last meal approximately 110 million years ago.
Typically, evidence of dinosaur diets and the contents of their stomachs is very rare. But in a remarkable find, the stomach contents of this particular dinosaur were preserved because it was buried in a muddy tomb, shedding light on its selective plant-based diet.
The research, which was published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, showed that the dinosaur’s stomach contained plant fossils down to the cellular level as well as well-preserved leaf fragments. These remains’ remarkable preservation gave researchers important insights into the dinosaurs’ eating habits.
The remarkably well-preserved body of a nodosaur known as Borealopelta markmitchelli was discovered in 2011 while mining in Alberta, Canada. The dinosaur’s remains were later deposited in an ancient sea, where they fell to the bottom on their backs and remained undisturbed for nine years before being found.
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