MALTA, Mont. (AP) _ Malta's mummified dinosaur, Leonardo, has been shipped off to Texas to star in a year-long exhibition at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

It opens Sept. 19.

The Houston museum plans an elaborate display that will show how the duckbilled dinosaur was preserved, the world he lived in and the high-tech science being used to reveal the secrets under his skin.

Leonardo was found on a ranch north of Malta, Montana, in 2000.

The 77 million-year-old duckbill is considered the world's best-preserved dinosaur.

While mummified dinosaurs aren't new, Leonardo is special as 90 percent of his body is covered with fossilized skin, and his X-rays revealed the first evidence of dinosaur organs.

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