The most complete dino yet uncovered gives researchers an unparalleled look at a Cretacean creature
Dakota is the name given to the remains of an Edmontosaurus discovered on a ranch in the Badlands in 1999. What sets Dakota apart from all but four other dinosaurs so far unearthed is its completeness. And not just its complete skeleton—nearly all of Dakotas skin and soft tissues have been fossilized, which is an exceedingly rare discovery in paleontology. The perfect conditions had to exist at the time of the animals demise—being rapidly buried in substrate at just the right moisture level to bring about fossilization instead of decay.