We have recently learned about a Dinosaur which became mummified 110 million years ago, which died after enjoying one last meal. And guess what – we also know what he ate. The stomach of the dinosaur and the meals don’t really preserve. Researchers mostly found twigs and seeds, which remained in the guts of the dinosaur, but there was never really conclusive evidence about the plants. However, a tomb that preserved the dinosaur allows us to see what’s in its stomach. And let us say, dinosaurs were picky eaters.
All the details about the diet of the dinosaur were published in the journal Royal Society Open Science. According to David Greenwood, the co-author of the study, “The leaf fragments and other plant fossils were preserved down to the cells.” This dinosaur is known as Borealopelta markmitchelli, and it was found back in 2011, with the help of some mining operations in the North of Fort Murray in Canada. After it died, its remains ended up in an ancient sea. It seems that it has landed on its back and remained there undisturbed until nine years ago.
The creature has been on display at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Alberta ever since 2017. Mark Mitchell has spent six years in order to reveal the preserved skin of the dinosaur and the bones from the marine rock in which it was found.
Jim Basinger, one of the authors of the study, said that “The finding of the actual preserved stomach contents from a dinosaur is extraordinarily rare, and this stomach recovered from the mummified nodosaur by the museum team is by far the best-preserved dinosaur stomach ever found to date.”