Until now, interestingly, whether or not dinosaurs are real is still a subject of many debates. But, this recent discovery by scientists may lead you into believing dinosaurs existed.
Beautiful dinosaur embryo
According to a recent report published on the website JOE, scientists stumbled upon a beautiful and perfectly preserved dinosaur embryo sitting in the storage cupboard of the Yingliang Stone Natural Museum in Nan’an city in China.
Now it has been said that the embryo has been in the cupboard for more than a decade without anybody realizing that the egg could help reveal a wondrous link between dinosaurs and modern birds.
The embryo was an oviraptorosaurs, a feathered maniraptoran dinosaur from the Cretaceous period of what are now Asia and North America. Upon analyzing the embryo, scientists estimated that it dates back as far as 72 million years.
Named “Baby Yingliang,” the embryo was first discovered in Shahe Industrial Park in 2000 before it was donated to the museum in Nan’an. It has also been regarded as one of the most complete dinosaur embryos ever found. It appears that it only lived yesterday.
Link between dinosaurs, modern birds
The embryo may shed some light on the link between dinosaurs and modern birds, believed to be “relatives.” It was described as having a bird-like posture as its head was positioned below the body, with its feet on either side and the back curled along the egg’s blunt end.
The posture is known as “tucking,” something also seen among today’s birds. A study in 2021 said that such posture “was previously unrecognized in a non-avian dinosaur, but reminiscent of a late-stage modern bird embryo.”
Steve Brusatte, a professor at the University of Edinburgh, who was part of the research team, explained, “This little prenatal dinosaur looks just like a baby bird curled in its egg, which is yet more evidence that many features characteristic of today’s birds first evolved in their dinosaur ancestors.”
Brusatte added that it is also “one of the most beautiful fossils” he has ever seen.