We're excitedly counting down to the opening of Dinosaur Mummy CSI: Cretaceous Science Investigation, a world premiere exhibition being developed by the Houston Museum of Natural Science to showcase Leonardo, one of the most spectacular dinosaur mummies ever found - and the only herbivore discovered with preserved stomach contents.
Oh, yeah - it’s also covered over 90 percent of its body with skin impressions. Until someone develops a time machine, looking at Leonardo is the closest you can get to seeing a living dinosaur.
Until it opens Sept. 19 (and probably after that, too), we’ll be bringing you a series of behind-the-scenes videos of our paleontology department preparing for the exhibit - traveling to Montana, where Leonardo was discovered, working to prepare the fossils of another hadrosaur named Peanut and much more.
In our first video, Dr. Bakker, David Temple and several of our paleontology volunteers create a map of Peanut that will help them study the specimen as it was discovered - even after the fossils have all been removed and mounted.
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