Scientists have reportedly discovered a perfectly preserved leg of a Thescelosaurus, believed to have been killed by an asteroid attack that resulted in the extinction of dinosaurs, approximately 66 million years ago.
Archeologists have expressed hope that the limb which is perfectly preserved and includes remnants of skin still attached, can help to accurately date the time the asteroid hit the planet and resulted in the extinction of the dinosaurs.
According to international media, Phillip Manning, a professor of natural history at the University of Manchester has claimed the finding is “absolutely bonkers”. Manning reportedly elaborated that he never imagined he could encounter something like this which was “so time-constrained” and “absolutely gobsmackingly beautiful”.
It is pertinent to note that the leg was discovered at the Tanis excavation site in North Dakota and has been labeled the “ultimate dinosaur drumstick”. In addition, a documentary titled Dinosaurs: The Final Day with Sir David Attenborough on the digging site is currently in the works by the British Broadcasting Company (BBC).
According to the British daily The Guardian, Sir David Attenborough remarked it is “an impossible fossil”. Meanwhile, Robert DePalma who is leading the investigation at the excavation site has said that they have enough details to be transported to the day of the strike. According to DePalma, “It’s almost like watching it play out in the movies. You look at the rock column, you look at the fossils there, and it brings you back to that day”.
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