“Leonardo,” the mummy dinosaur.

News of the well-preserved skeleton of the Edmontosaurus “Dakota” have been featured prominently in the news lately, but according to an announcement made this weekend, another exquisitely-preserved hadrosaur is going to be put on public display this coming September. “Leonardo,” a beautifully-preserved Brachylophosaurus, will be presented to the public starting September 19, 2008 in the exhibit “Dinosaur Mummy CSI: Cretaceous Science Investigation” at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Eventually the exhibit will tour the country, but if you want to see Leonardo “in the flesh,” you’ll have to go to Houston; the traveling show will wisely only feature a replica.


So far, the only published literature about Leonardo appeared in the technical book Horns and Beaks. I assume that those of us suffering from paleo nerd syndrome will soon see some more published material, though, and I can’t wait to see how Leonardo will change what we understand about dinosaurs (from what I’ve been told, we can expect some papers out about Dakota this year, as well).


This weekend I had the opportunity to ask Robert Bakker, curator of paleontology at the HMNS and one of the paleontologists working on Leonardo, how this hadrosaur mummy is going to change our understanding of dinosaurs. For the answers, though, you’ll have to check back later next week when I publish the fully e-mail interview with the famous paleontologist.

[Images courtesy the Houston Museum of Natural Science]


  1. #1 Nimravid
    March 29, 2008

    “For the answers, though, you’ll have to check back later next week when I publish the fully e-mail interview with the famous paleontologist.”

    A cliffhanger! Diabolical!

  2. #2 magetoo
    March 29, 2008

    It seems there is a quotation mark too many in the HTML for the later two images – they don’t load.

    (And I wish I had something intelligent to add about the post itself, but I don’t.)

  3. #3 Adam Pritchard
    March 30, 2008

    Thanks for setting minds at ease about Dakota and Leonardo. Now, if only that mummified Triceratops locked in combat with a mummified Tyrannosaurus would pop out of the ground…

  4. #4 Hai~Ren
    March 30, 2008

    Well, what can I say? SWEET!

    Adam Pritchard: Well, either that, or a mummified giant sauropod, that formed a dam and accumulated behind its giant carcass a wonderful complete representation of the fauna and flora in its environment, with all the dinosaur fossils being complete and articulated, with soft tissue preservation and even skin and protofeathers to boot. =)

    Well, we can all dream.

  5. #5 Zach Miller
    March 30, 2008

    Interview with BAKKER? Way to set the bar, brother!

  6. #6 IceMeteoR
    December 23, 2008

    For me, this is a great news for all dinosaur fan and lovers! Imagine that, a mummified dinosaur! I cant wait to get to know more about this dinosaur. The possibilities to study, get some DNA… Its a great possibilities! :)

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