VIDEO: The mummified dinosaur Leonardo – too good to be true?

August 22, 2008


“Too good to be true…”

“A dinosaur with its last meal meal still preserved inside its stomach… one could hope for that….”
Those were some of the skeptical comments heard by Dr. Robert Bakker, Curator at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, from distinguished colleagues in the dino-science word.

“I was unconvinced too….until I came up to Malta, Montana myself,” says Bakker.

“One glance showed that all us PhD’s were wrong. Leonardo the Dinosaur MummyDOES have his gut contents superbly – beautifully – fossilized. At last, we know what the single most important family of dino-species ate.”

Over the past four years, a talented crew of hi-tech, x-ray specialists have scanned and probed and computer-manipulated Leonardo, inventing new techniques. “Northing’s the same anymore…” Bakker mused, “from now on…all us dino-hunters will search for bones on the outside AND the secrets on the inside.”

Now, Leonardo has made his way down to Houston, for a very special exhibit, Dinosaur Mummy CSI: Cretaceous Science Investigation. In this second video in our ongoing series (check out the first video in the series here), Dr. Bakker explains the inner workings of Leonardo’s species from The Great Plains Dinosaur Museum in Malta, Montana.

Erin B
Authored By Erin B Blatzer

Erin is the Director of Business Development at HMNS. In a past life, she was a public relations and online marketing dynamo at HMNS.

8 responses to “VIDEO: The mummified dinosaur Leonardo – too good to be true?”

  1. Dave says:


    Leonardo should be wonderful!

    Also, does the museum have a large collection of dinosaur fossils that are not on display? If so, could you provide me with some information as to what is being held in the collections?

  2. Dave says:


    Will you please answer my question I posted on Monday? Thanks!
    Also, where else would you recommend to take a trip to see a museum with great dinosaur fossil displays?

  3. Jun Mar Gasal says:

    Indeed unbelievable, but true Erin!

    Archeologist primarily studies through the recovery and eventually analysis of data collected in order to learn more about the past. Amazingly, Leonardo the Dinosaur Mummy exist because of science incredible works. Without the archaeologist who rendered time and patience on their work it wouldn’t be discovered in the first place.

  4. Wow.. what a cool find.. thanks for sharing the video.. so interesting

  5. That was great! A very unbelievable but a convincing statement at the end. “”Leonardo was the very first dinosaur to had the chewed food preserved in the stomach””.Hoping for more dinosaur information from Dr. Bakker. This blogs and videos are big help on people that are still innocent about the dino-species. Archaeologist is just like an open door for us to travel back on the historical periods.

  6. HI !

    Leonardo, a mummified, 77-million-year-old duck-billed dinosaur was only about three or four years old when he died, but he’s proving to be a bonanza for paleontologists today

    Leonardo is one of the most complete brachylophosaurus dinosaur fossils uncovered to date, and the first sub-adult. He is also only the fourth dinosaur fossil in the world to be classified as a “mummy” because of the soft tissue that is preserved.


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  7. Lea Myers says:

    A dinosaur with its last meal meal still preserved inside its stomach”

    Rally unbelievable! How could that happen?? I never imagined that they can preserve the meal as well.

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  8. This is simply amazing.
    Am not sure how I reached your blogs but surfing around but reading about a dinosaur with its last meal meal still preserved inside its stomach is simply too cool.
    Am wondering what they did with it.

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