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Dinosaur mummy holds many secrets
BISMARCK, North Dakota (AP) -- Parts of a rare mummified dinosaur that has attracted worldwide interest went on display in North Dakota's state museum.
Visitors view the tail of Dakota, a duckbilled dinosaur, at the North Dakota Heritage Center.
People from across the country and even England gathered Saturday at the Heritage Center on the state Capitol grounds for the unveiling.
"It is a fascinating fossil, and it's one which we're going to be disinterring secrets from ... for many years to come," said Phillip Manning, a paleontologist at Manchester University in England and a member of the international team of more than 50 researchers working on the project.
In a back room of the museum, a much larger chunk of the prehistoric relic waits for workers with tiny brushes and chisels to free it from its rock tomb -- if they can find the money to do it.
The Edmontosaurus named Dakota, a duckbilled dinosaur covered by fossilized skin, lay beneath the western North Dakota soil for about 67 million years before being unearthed between 2004 and 2006. It is among just a few mummified dinosaurs in the world, and researchers working on it say it might be the best in terms of quality and quantity of preserved skin.