LEONARDO: THE MUMMIFIED DINOSAUR Exhibit Opens March 8, 2014
“Leonardo is a juvenile Brachylophosaurus canadensis, a type of Hadrosaur dinosaur. Hadrosaurs are more commonly known as “duckbills” because of their keratin beak. Hadrosaurs were plant-eating dinosaurs. The name “brachylophosaurus” means small crested lizard. Leonardo is believed to have been about four years old when he took his last breath and collapsed into the water, which helped preserve him. He was “only” 23 feet long and maybe two tons at the time of his death.
When this fossilized mummy was carefully unearthed from his grave in Malta, Montana in 2001, researchers had one of the first real looks at the skin, scales, foot pads, and even the stomach contents of the behemoths that roamed the planet 77 million years ago.” More from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
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- BBC Nature: Duck-billed Dinosaurs
- Melbourne Museum: Hadrosaur
- Encyclopedia Britannica: Hadrosaur
- Discovery Channel Video: Hadrosaur Honking
- National Geographic News October 11, 2002: Mummified Dinosaur Discovered in Montana
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Hadrosaur Egg This is an egg from a duckbill dinosaur. It was unearthed in a remote region of China with hundreds of other eggs. Researchers had discovered a dinosaurnesting site! Artifact at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis More Artifacts
Hadrosaur Teeth The Edmontosaur is a well known member of the Hadrosaur (Duck-bill dinosaur) family. The diamond shape teeth of Edmontosaurs developed in groups calleddental batteries. These sharp teeth helped the dinosaur consume the fibrous plant materials that made up its diet. As teeth in the battery wore down, they fellout and were replaced by others. Artifacts at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis