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November 7, 2013

Part of mummified dinosaur shown at Indy museum

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Part of a mummified, 77-million-year-old hadrosaur considered the world's best preserved dinosaur has gone on display at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis four months before the full specimen makes its Indianapolis debut.

Only the tail of Leonard went on display Wednesday. Come March, the rest of his 23-foot-long, duck-billed body will be shown in the museum's Dinosphere.

The museum says Leonardo is believed to have been about 4 years old when he died and fell into water, which helped preserve him along with sand that piled over its body. About 90 percent of his body was still covered with fossilized soft tissue when the remains were discovered in 2001 in Montana.

The Great Plains Dinosaur Museum in Malta, Mont., is loaning Leonardo to the Children's Museum for 10 years.

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