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Perfectly preserved Dinosaur embryo discovered


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Perfectly preserved Dinosaur embryo discovered

What’s an embryo?

An embryo is an unborn or unhatched offspring (baby), which is in the early stage of development in the mother’s body.

Baby Yingliang

Scientists recently discovered 70 million-year-old dinosaur embryo. The fossil has been discovered in Ganzhou, in Southern China. Researchers believe that this fossil belonged to a toothless theropod dinosaur. They have named the embryo “Baby Yingliang”.

What are Theropod dinosaurs?

Theropod dinosaurs are a group of dinosaurs which are characterized by hollow bones and three-toed limbs.

Rare fossil

Baby Yingliang is 10.6 inches long and is inside a 17inch egg at Yingliang Stone Nature History Museum in China.
Furthermore, researchers believe embryos are the rarest fossils and the majority of them are incomplete. However, Baby Yingliang is preserved in great condition.  So, scientists are also excited that this gives them the opportunity to study and find out answers about dinosaur growth reproduction.

A team of researchers said that the dinosaur looks like a baby bird curled in its egg. In addition, this position gives the researchers evidence that today’s birds evolved in their dinosaur ancestors.

Additional study

Scientists now hope to study Baby Yingliang in depth using advanced scanning techniques. Therefore,  they plan to image its full skeleton, including its skull bones as part of the body is still covered by rock.

Watch a video: Check out this cool 2-minute video of Baby Yingliang
Credit: Youtube user – LiveScience

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