The world’s best-preserved dinosaur was found in Alberta, Canada in 2011. The discovery got here as a shock, because it was found by a heavy-equipment operator named Shawn Funk who was working on the Millennium Mine, an unlimited pit 17 miles north of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

The fossil, dubbed the ‘4 legged tank’ is a newfound species of nodosaur, which lived halfway by way of the Cretaceous interval, between 110 million and 112 million years in the past.

The creatures had been round 18 ft (5 meters) lengthy on common and weighted as much as three,000 kilos (1,300 kg) and it featured two 20-inch-long spikes which protruded from its shoulders.

Images: Credit Robert Clark, National Geographic.

The fossilized stays of this specific specimen are so well preserved that remnants of pores and skin nonetheless cowl bumpy armour plates alongside the dinosaur’s cranium based on reviews in National Geographic.

The fossil was despatched to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology the place they spent the following six years engaged on uncovering the beast throughout the 2,500-pound (1,100 kg) lump of earth.

The Nodosaur will now kind a part of The Royal Tyrrell Museum’s new exhibit, Grounds for Discovery, in Drumheller, Alberta.