This 18 foot fossil that looks exactly like a dinosaur was discovered in a Canadian mine, and is now presented to the public in Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology in Alberta.
A nodosaur was a large, lumbering herbivorous dinosaur that was robustly armored. Nodosaurs are related to ankylosaurs, another bulky plant-eater, except nodosaurs don’t have the trademark tail clubs. Even though they did not have tail clubs, they had spectacular armor that is preserved in this specimen with a level of perfection that almost defies explanation. This fossil is truly unique because rather than just a skeleton, most of what is preserved is its petrified body—a truly rare occurrence in the world of paleontology.
In life, this creature was nearly 20 feet long and 1.5 tons. When it died, it quietly floated out to sea and subsequently drifted to the ocean floor where it was quickly entombed, preserved in a state of suspended animation for over 100 million years. Now, the front half of its body is preserved as an even heavier slab of rock with unbelievably detailed features that have been revealed after over 7,000 hours of laborious preparation work.