UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — One of the most incredible fossils ever found now has an official name.
According to a new study published in Current Biology, a 110 million year-old dinosaur found in Alberta is a new type of nodosaur called, Borealopelta markmitchelli.
It weighed over one-and-a-half tons and was covered in body armor. Scientists named it in honor of the technician who spent years revealing it from its rocky tomb.
Study author Caleb Brown at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology notes why scientists are calling it the “Mona Lisa of dinosaurs.”
Brown says, “Because the skin is there, it actually has a bit of a personality. So if you look at the specimen, it’s actually tilted to the side a bit as if it was kind of reaching for a last little morsel of food or something like that, and it kind of has the similar enigmatic appeal as Mona Lisa.”
Brown said this plant-eating dino had camouflage, maybe to protect it from the Acrocanthosaurus. Scientists are now studying Borealopelta’s gut contents to figure out what its last meal was.