In Burmese amber found the smallest dinosaur. He’s a Hummingbird

Chinese paleontologists have discovered the smallest of the currently known dinosaurs, reported in Nature. The animal that received the Latin name Oculudentavis khaungraae large eye sockets and prominent teeth resembled hummingbirds were active in the daytime and presumably fed on invertebrates.

Most often the remains of dinosaurs and other animals that paleontologists find, has been impressive. This does not mean that in prehistoric times was not small fauna. But the remains of small organisms decompose faster, so they have less chance to get into conditions where they can be stored for many millions of years.

However, there is a fairly inert environment, are able to preserve even very small objects as they were in life. Is fossilized resin of coniferous trees — amber. The resin of conifers emit when damaged, it is sticky when fresh, and it can get bogged down insects, other invertebrates, and sometimes small vertebrates.

One of the largest deposits of amber are located in the North of Myanmar. These deposits of fossilized resin are aged approximately 99 million years. In samples of Burmese amber, the staff of the Institute of vertebrate paleontology and paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, headed Cinma O’connor (Jingmai O’connor) found a feathered head bird-like animal.

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