Secrets of the Dinosaur Mummy

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Discovered in 2001 by a team of amateur paleontologists exploring Malta, Montana, Leonardo - named after graffiti found near his burial site - is the first dinosaur mummy ever found with intact digestive tract contents. With this once-in-a-lifetime finding, scientists now have more than just bones to fully reconstruct how dinosaurs looked and lived. From the cause of death to Leonardo's last meal, scientific tests provide far more detail than the team of scientists ever expected. Skin impressions and actual fossilised samples of the digested food still inside the viscera, plus skin and joints, allow the team to create the first reconstruction of a giant dinosaur, accurate both inside and out. Leonardo is a young Brachylophosaurus, a four-legged, plant-eating, duck-billed dinosaur, the very first juvenile of the species discovered with extensive skin. He was approximately three to four years old when he died and would have been over six metres long, weighing about 900 kilogrammes.