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It was an Early Cretaceous armoured dinosaur, a nodosaurid ankylosaur, that was discovered in oil sands mine north of Alberta Canada in 2011. It was presented to the public in 2017. The fossil was remarkable as it had preserved the osteoderms or armoured plates in their original positions and it even had the remains of keratin on the spikes and skin. It was even possible to say that the skin had been a reddish/brown colour in life with a lighter underbelly shading which is generally a camouflage scheme. The animal was probably washed out to sea in a flood and drowned and was quickly covered, hence retaining its shape in life. CollectA have modelled the toy to match the position of the fossil and restored the missing parts from the hips that were damaged in the finding. It is possibly the best preserved dinosaur fossil ever discovered.
CollectA 88841 Borealopelta - Released Feb 2019
Approx. 15 x 5 x 4.5 cm (LH)