A 72 million-year-old fossilised dinosaur embryo has been discovered in China and it looks like it’s straight out of Jurassic Park.
As reported by the Mail Online, the fossil was discovered in the Shahe Industrial Park, just outside of Ganzhou City in the Jiangxi Province. It’s been dubbed a ‘Baby Yingliang’, and belongs to the family of oviraptorosaurs. If it had grown fully, the tiny creature would have grown into a toothless being with a beak.
According to research conducted by the University of Birmingham, the dinosaur was about to hatch right before it was fossilised. It’s head had almost fully developed and was tucked in below its body. The back of the fossil curls around the blunt side of the egg with its feet flanking the sides. These are all signs that the dinosaur was about to breach its shell.
This latest discovery has given us a much clearer insight to what the previous wildlife of our planet may have looked like. It is now thought that this way of developing inside an egg may have originated from non-avian therapod dinosaurs. Previously, scientists thought that this way of developing inside an egg was exclusive to species of bird.
For fans of dinosaurs, this is a fantastic discovery. It’s the sort of thing that you’d expect to see in a Jurassic Park movie. What do you make of this perfectly preserved dinosaur embryo? Let us know across our social channels.
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