National Geographic : 2017 Jun
Blackish laceworks (below) trace individual scales, outlining the rows of flexible skin that alternated with the nodosaur’s bony armor. Shielded From Decay Armored dinosaurs’ trademark plates usually scattered early in decay, a fate that didn’t befall this nodosaur. The remarkably preserved armor—seen here nearly life-size—will deepen scientists’ understanding of what nodosaurs looked like and how they moved. Terra-cotta-hued osteoderms—the bony plates composing the armor—are only slightly distorted from their original shapes.