Speaker Series 2018: The World’s Best Preserved Armoured Dinosaur

In the spring of 2017, a new armoured dinosaur was publically unveiled with the opening of the exhibit Grounds for Discovery. Borealopelta markmitchelli was discovered in the oil sands mines in northern Alberta in 2011 and took nearly 6 years to prepare. Borealopelta is the best-preserved ankylosaur (tank-like, herbivorous dinosaurs) in the world and one of the most spectacular fossilized dinosaurs ever found.

Preserved skin and armour cover the entire skeleton, maintaining the original three-dimensional shaped of the animal. Even the animal’s last meal may be fossilized in the stomach. This high level of preservation gives scientists an unprecedented view of what this animal looked like and to how it lived during the Early Cretaceous.

In this presentation, Dr. Caleb Brown, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, discusses the discovery, collection, preparation, and current research about this one-of-a-kind fossil. Find out how this specimen has added to our understanding of the evolution and ecology of armoured dinosaurs.


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