That’s what makes Dakota so fascinating. The specimen seemingly defies all of the expectations we typically have about mummified dinosaurs. And it almost wasn’t discovered at all. The fossil was first uncovered almost 25 years ago, in 1999, by a high school student on his uncle’s property. That initial find revealed a couple of tail bones sticking out from a hill. The spot was catalogued but not excavated. A few years later, paleontologists returned to the site. By that time more of the hill had eroded, exposing more of the fossil, including a piece of skin. The fossil was collected and eventually made its way to the North Dakota Geological Survey in 2008, where it has been ever since.
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