The world’s smallest dinosaur was discovered: “We have never seen anything like it’

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The world’s smallest dinosaur has been found, and a two-inch bird-like creature, “it seems like it just died yesterday.”

Known as the Oculudentavis khaungraae, the bird-like dinosaur was found embedded in Burmese amber will be covered by 2016 and is likely to have lived in Myanmar 100 million years ago, according to a new study published in Nature. The person died when a small amount of tree resin fell on her head, and, eventually entombing of his head.

“Amber and conservation of the vertebrates, it is rare, and this provides us with a window to the world of the dinosaurs at the lower end of the body-size spectrum,” the study’s lead author, Lars Schmitz, said in a statement. “The unique anatomical features to point out to one of the largest and most ancient of birds that have ever been discovered.”

An artistic rendering of the Oculudentavis you have to imagine how it would look ace on a ball (Credit: HAN Zhixin.)


O khaungraae probably weighed less than an ounce, and it is supposed to be on a par with the smallest bird alive today is the bee hummingbird, which is found only in Cuba. In spite of its small size, it is believed that the small dinosaur was most likely a predator, feeding on insects.

It also had wings, and a pair of bulging eyes, like a lizard, and a beak with about 30 teeth, all of which can be accessed through a computer-generated 3-d image. It is unclear whether or not the dinosaur was able to fly, which is one of the study co-author, professor, Jingma, O’connor told Newsweek, noting its “strange” and “incomplete” features.

Apparently the adult skull specimens preserved in Burmese amber indicates that there may be a new species, Oculudentavis khaungraae, which may represent the smallest known Mesozoic dinosaurs in the fossil record. (Credit: Xing Lida)

“I was completely blown away. You can use this beautiful, little bird’s skull has been preserved in this part of the ” amber O’connor from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said in a separate interview with the British news agency, SWNS. “I was going around showing it to everyone like ‘look, this is so cool!'”

“As a paleontologist, it’s a bit strange. We’ve never seen anything like it,” O’connor added. “I really do not have to keep a lid on this one.”


The discovery of the dinosaur, previously missing in the fossil records, the researchers have a new understanding of how birds evolved, including how they shrunk at the scale of the evolutionary process.

A computed tomography (CT) scan of the skull of the Oculudentavis up by LI Gang, Oculudentavis means of eye-tongue-and-bird, so named for its distinctive features. (Credit: Larry Schmitz)

“There is no other group of birds includes species with similarly small crania from adults,” Schmitz explains. “This discovery tells us that we are but a small glimpse of a small vertebrate would have looked like at the time of the dinosaurs.”

In November, the world’s oldest meat-eating dinosaur was found to be an apex predator and is known as the Gnathovorax cabreirai. It was about 10 metres long and was discovered in the south of Brazil, where he has lived almost 230 million years ago.

The dinosaurs had become extinct 65 million years ago by an asteroid that hit Earth in what is now the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. It has not only wiped out the dinosaurs, but the killing of as many as 75 percent of all species on the planet. It may be too acidic the earth’s oceans, after the impact, according to a new study published in the October, 2019.

Another study, published in September of 2019, compared to the impact of the natural disaster, according to the power of 10 billion nuclear bombs.


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