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Source: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/06/dinosaur-nodosaur-fossil-...

Nodosaur Fossil: "110 million-year-old, armored plant-eater is the best preserved fossil of its kind ever found." #Ankylosaur

'STUNNING DISCOVERY Some 110 million years ago, this armored plant-eater lumbered through what is now western Canada, until a flooded river swept it into open sea. The dinosaur’s undersea burial preserved its armor in exquisite detail. Its skull still bears tile-like plates and a gray patina of fossilized skins.... The remarkable fossil is a newfound species (and genus) of nodosaur, a type of ankylosaur often overshadowed by its cereal box–famous cousins in the subgroup Ankylosauridae. Unlike ankylosaurs, nodosaurs had no shin-splitting tail clubs, but they too wielded thorny armor to deter predators. As it lumbered across the landscape between 110 million and 112 million years ago, almost midway through the Cretaceous period, the 18-foot-long, nearly 3,000-pound behemoth was the rhinoceros of its day, a grumpy herbivore that largely kept to itself. And if something did come calling—perhaps the fearsome Acrocanthosaurus—the nodosaur had just the trick: two 20-inch-long spikes jutting out of its shoulders like a misplaced pair of bull’s horns.'

+ The Amazing Dinosaur Found (Accidentally) by Miners in Canada (2017):
+ http://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2017/05/nodosaur-fossil-discovery-science-photography/

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