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A new species of mega-herbivore dinosaur discovered in Alberta, Canada, preserves incredible details of its skin, scales and spines.

The exquisite specimen is a type of armour-plated nodosaurid ankylosaur.

It was camouflaged which suggests that, despite its tank-like appearance, it hid to avoid predation.

That such a large creature needed camouflage indicates the presence of even larger, keen-eyed meat-eating theropod dinosaurs.

 
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Bizarre dinosaur mystery solved

The so-called Frankenstein dinosaur is the missing link connecting plant-eating dinosaurs such as the Stegosaurus to a group including carnivorous ones such as the Tyrannosaurus rex.

The vegetarian dinosaur walked the Earth around 150 million years ago and is officially known as the Chilesaurus. It initially confused scientists because of its strange physical characteristics, apparently drawn from two groups of dinosaurs that were thought to be separate.

 
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The fossilized remains of three young dinosaurs who seem to have been snuggled together in sleep have been found in a stone block that poachers hacked out of the Mongolian desert.

Researchers say the 70-million-year-old specimens are the first known example of dinosaurs sleeping in a group, a behaviour called communal roosting. Many modern species, including crows and bats, engage in the practice, which helps animals to regulate their body temperature and avoid predators.

 
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A new species of mega-herbivore dinosaur discovered in Alberta, Canada, preserves incredible details of its skin, scales and spines.

The exquisite specimen is a type of armour-plated nodosaurid ankylosaur.

It was camouflaged which suggests that, despite its tank-like appearance, it hid to avoid predation.

That such a large creature needed camouflage indicates the presence of even larger, keen-eyed meat-eating theropod dinosaurs.

If it was camouflaged then it's also possible this was a predatory tactic like a Tiger uses for hunting but certainly worked as a means of blending in regardless.
 
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If it was camouflaged then it's also possible this was a predatory tactic like a Tiger uses for hunting but certainly worked as a means of blending in regardless.
They said they need more specimens to know for sure:
new video:

 

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Just read this news:
"The discovery of the "first giant" dinosaur has provided a gigantic clue on how these paleo-beasts got to be the largest animals to walk on Earth."
"These new discoveries tell us that dinosaurs were much more adaptable and creative in attaining huge size than we used to think."
 
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Dorset where else eh? >>> Thats ENGLAND<<<
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Being a scientist who loves the Dinosaur mystery(not my area of science however), I'm inclined to think it was a combination of factors and variables that together created the perfect storm for an extinction event. Asteroid hits, causing shock-waves through the planet, fracturing parts of the Earth's crust and an increase in vulcanism which pollutes the environment and causes a mass of die-offs and makes the earth toxic for 300k years until enough of the toxins are neutralized for life to take hold and flourish again, which is what the fossil record shows.
 
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