"Dinosaur Mummy" Found; Has Intact Skin, Tissue

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  1. Galactus Devourer of Worlds

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    John Roach
    for National Geographic News

    December 3, 2007
    Scientists today announced the discovery of an extraordinarily preserved "dinosaur mummy" with much of its tissues and bones still encased in an uncollapsed envelope of skin.

    Preliminary studies of the 67-million-year-old hadrosaur, named Dakota, are already altering theories of what the ancient creatures' skin looked like and how quickly they moved, project researchers say.


    Further investigations may reveal detailed information about soft tissues, which could help unlock secrets about the evolution of dinosaurs and their descendents, the scientists added.

    For now, the team continues to examine the rare specimen, which included preserved tendons and ligaments, and to prepare scientific articles on the find for publication.

    "This specimen exceeds the jackpot," said excavation leader Phillip Manning, a paleontologist at Britain's University of Manchester and a National Geographic Expeditions Council grantee.

    Most dinosaurs are known only from their bones, which are seldom found joined together as they would be in real life.

    But "we're looking at a three-dimensional skin envelope," Manning said. "In many places it's complete and intact—around the tail, arms, and legs and part of the body."

    (The excavation is the subject of Dino Autopsy, a National Geographic Channel special airing December 9 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT. The National Geographic Society owns National Geographic News and co-owns the National Geographic Channel.)

    Find of a Lifetime

    The hadrosaur, or duck-billed dinosaur, was discovered in 1999 by then-teenage paleontologist Tyler Lyson on his family's North Dakota property.

    It was an extremely fortuitous find, because the odds of mummification are slim, researchers noted.

    First the dinosaur body had to escape predators, scavengers, and degradation by weather and water. Then a chemical process must have mineralized the tissue before bacteria ate it. And finally, the remains had to survive millions of years undamaged.

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/12/071203-dino-mummy.html
     
  2. Matt IKYN Guy Groupie

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    No way. That is awesome. I can't wait to see the pictures.
     
  3. SuBe Voluntaryist

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    I can't what until they clone it!
     
  4. jaguarr Be Your Own Hero

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    Soooo, cool! :up:

    jag
     
  5. Gilpesh Registered

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    *hums Jurassic Park theme*
     
  6. Wilhelm-Scream Registered

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    d...dinosaur skin

    dinosaur skin

    I've always dreamed of this.


    I wish we could find out what colors they were.
     
  7. jaguarr Be Your Own Hero

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    They're going to find you in this same way, Wilhelm, guitar clutched in your perfectly preserved fingers. I just know it.

    jag
     
  8. 888 Registered

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    duuuude, dr. grant was right!
     
  9. SWAT Pool of the Death

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    They better try and clone it... Seriously.... Seriously.
     
  10. Wilhelm-Scream Registered

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    In a skin envelope? [​IMG]
     
  11. Magneto29 Companion

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    sigh... I keep regretting not majoring in geology to be a paleontologist...
     
  12. 888 Registered

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    eh, it's a herbivore. what's it gonna do when it breaks loose and starts rampaging? spit water at us? lame. why couldn't it have been one of the crazier dinos, one that just don't give a ****.
     
  13. Mr Sparkle Registered

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    Dinosaur " jesus a mummy?"
    Other Dinosaur " who's Jesus?"
    Jesus " there are NO Dinosaurs"
     
  14. jaguarr Be Your Own Hero

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    With a stamp on it. :up:

    jag
     
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    Awesome, & this is the last time we will ever hear of this.
     
  16. The Evolutionist Registered

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    I can't come up with a logical response to this. The 6 year old in me that absolutely loved dinosaurs is fighting his way out.
     
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    Cloning has proved to be very successful in past experiments, now that they have skin tissue, its more than enough to clone another one of its kind, but the problem is they need an egg cell from another species known today that can match the DNA needed.

    once they figure it all out and its 100% legit, given a few years time, dinosaur's and any other extinct animal could be walking the face of the earth again.


    problem is lack of space or enough resources to take care of them.


    we could pull a Jurassic park and just let only herbivorous roam free on vast contained pieces of property, but no carnivores they would be a problem, they would be hard to contain, but if scientist wanted to use them for only experimentation than that would be fine.


    we could learn soo much more about them if they were living.
     
  18. Mr Sparkle Registered

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    maybe in some sort of park?
    some sort of park that would house species from the late Jurassic?
    some sort of " Jurassic Park " if you will.
     
  19. jaguarr Be Your Own Hero

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    [​IMG]

    Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should.




    jag
     
  20. Themanofbat Never Mind the Buttocks...

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    Maybe they could make multi-coloured dinosaur skin condoms. :word: :word: :word:

    :yay:
     
  21. jaguarr Be Your Own Hero

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    [​IMG]
    That'd make me a Shagasaurus, baby! Yeahhhh!!!!




    jag
     
  22. Wilhelm-Scream Registered

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    ...for her pleasure
     
  23. SuBe Voluntaryist

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    National Geographic is going to do a Documentary on this. I saw something about it yesterday.
     
  24. Ice-man Registered

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    Ughh now my like for dinos kicked in, im gonna go watch my jurassic park trilogy.

    ITS SOO GOOD!


    i love the first Jurassic park and the third one.

    i hope number 4 comes out good.
     
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