An official from a Texas museum recently discovered the fossilized bones of a 75-million-year-old duckbilled dinosaur while taking a tour of the area where a mummified duckbill was found eight years ago. The fossil comes from a well preserved, often called “mummified,” brachylophosaurus. The discovery was made by 22-year-old Steven Cowan.
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About 10 feet from where the initial discovery was made, Cowan noticed another bone sticking out from the rocky ground. He called over paleontologist Mark Thompson who assessed that they were looking at dinosaur ribs, scapula, and even some of the tendons. After further digging they found the rest of the mummified skeleton and a surprizing amount of tissue.
The dinosaur, named Marco, is in the Houston Museum of Natural Science. When asked about his find, Cowan said, “It was very exciting.” Most definitely. Not everyone has the good fortune of running into dinosaur bones.