We might be having a Jurassic World situation and we all know how that movie turned out the world was overrun with Dinosaurs. Well to get the story straight, Scientists have discovered a perfectly preserved dinosaur embryo.
The embryo was discovered in Ganzhou in southern China and researchers estimate it is at least 66 million years old.
It is believed to be a toothless theropod dinosaur or oviraptorosaur, and has been named Baby Yingling.
Researcher Dr Fion Waisum Ma says
it is “the best dinosaur embryo ever found in history”.
The discovery has also given researchers a greater understanding of the link between dinosaurs and modern birds. The fossil shows the embryo was in a curled position known as “tucking”, which is a behaviour seen in birds shortly before they hatch.
Dr Ma continued by saying,
“This indicates that such behaviour in modern birds first evolved and originated among their dinosaur ancestors,”
Oviraptorosaurs, which means “egg thief lizards,” were feathered dinosaurs that lived in what is now Asia and North America during the Late Cretaceous period – between 100 million to 66 million years ago.
Palaeontologist Prof Steve Brusatte who was also part of the research team tweeted that it was “one of the most stunning dinosaur fossils” he had ever seen and that the embryo was on the brink of hatching.
Our little one has just arrived. Welcome Baby Yingliang, a gorgeous fossil dinosaur embryo preserved inside its egg!
You're looking here at a baby dinosaur, not too long before it would have hatched. pic.twitter.com/NtXE8XODjT
— Steve Brusatte (@SteveBrusatte) December 21, 2021
The egg was first uncovered in 2000 but put into storage for 10 years.
It was only when construction work began on the museum and old fossils were being sorted through that researchers turned their attention to the egg, which they suspected was holding an embryo inside.
Part of the dinosaur’s body is still covered by rock and researchers will use advanced scanning techniques to create an image of its full skeleton.
Okay comparing this discovery to Jurrasic World was a bit of a stretch but this is a monumental discovery and to think that a Chicken is a descendant of the great dinos is such a whirlpool of amazement.