Smallest Dinosaur Found Perfectly Preserved In Amber

- Advertisement -

Contrary to the popular belief that dinosaurs were huge hunkering pieces of meat which roamed the planet sixty-five million years ago, the head of a minuscule dinosaur has been found perfectly preserved in amber. Recently discovered by a group of researchers, this amber encapsulates the whole head of a tiny dinosaur, perfectly preserved.

The fossil was found in Northern Myanmar, in a piece of Amber that is ninety-nine million years old. It’s a skull of a dinosaur that resembled a bird and judging by the size of its head, researchers expect the body of the dinosaur to be as large as a bee hummingbird, the smallest living bird.

Smallest Dinosaur Found Perfectly Preserved In Amber
The amber as it was found.

The dinosaur which previously held the title, the Microraptor, was a couple of feet in size and could weigh up to a couple of pounds. Compared to that, this discovery is a huge leap in our understanding of the biology and the ecology of the prehistoric period. The problems that such small dinosaurs present with respect to Biology is the question as to how do they fit all the necessary organs in such a small space. This discovery could also help the researchers gain some insight into how small birds evolved from big dinosaurs.

- Advertisement -

The fossil is also very contradictory in its features. Researchers have observed a very large number of teeth on the jaw of the specimen, indicating that it was a predator which probably ate insects. The eye sockets of the specimen are to the side, which is contrary to the binocular vision that evolutionary biologists associate with predators.

Smallest Dinosaur Found Perfectly Preserved In Amber
We still don’t know as much we’d like to about these mysterious creatures that roamed the Earth 65 Million years ago.

The specimen also has some soft tissues left. This is common for fossils preserved in amber as the sap surrounds and isolates the sample at the moment of its death and prevents any substantial decay. This specimen could prove to be a really helpful stepping stone for the ongoing effort to understand these mysterious creatures.

Further Reading:

Show us some support by following our Instagram handle.

- Advertisement -
Smallest Dinosaur Found Perfectly Preserved In Amber

Leave a Reply

Smallest Dinosaur Found Perfectly Preserved In Amber

Related posts

AdvertismentSmallest Dinosaur Found Perfectly Preserved In Amber

Latest posts

AI Replaces Humans in Venture Capital Firm

Venture Capital Firm specializing in bio-technology has appointed an AI algorithm to make investment decisions.

Qualcomm Unveils New Snapdragon 750G Chip with Support for HDR Gaming, Improved AI, and ‘Global 5G’

Qualcomm has introduced their new Mobile Platform called Snapdragon 750G. It packs in ARM A77 Cortex cores and mmWave in a 700 series chip!

Judges Show More Mercy After Lunch: Study

The saying, "Justice depends on what the judges ate for breakfast," may have some truth to it. Find out more.

Next Article Loading