70-million-year-old Perfectly Preserved Baby Dinosaur Raises New Questions
A 70-million-year-old fossilized baby dinosaur was found. Then it was stored and lost in a Chinese museum for 10 years. No one knew what was in the unhatched egg until researchers opened it. To their amazement was the perfectly preserved embryonic skeleton of an oviraptorid dinosaur.
They gave it the name “Baby Yingliang.” The find sheds new light on the links between dinosaurs and birds. It is an amazing specimen. I have been working on dinosaur eggs for 25 years and have yet to see anything like it,” said Zelenitsky. A co-author of the research that was published in the journal iScience.
Up until now, little has been known of what was going on inside a dinosaur’s egg before hatching. There are so few embryonic skeletons. Particularly those that are complete and preserved in a life pose,” Zelenitsky said in an email.
We were surprised to see this embryo beautifully preserved inside a dinosaur egg, lying in a bird-like posture. This posture had not been recognized in non-avian dinosaurs before.
Had it lived, it would have been about two to three meters long.
All birds directly evolved from a group of two-legged dinosaurs known as theropods. Their members include the towering Tyrannosaurus rex and the smaller velociraptors.
The ethical question: does the preserved dinosaur contain cloneable DNA molecules? And should they be used if possible?
Can scientists bring dinosaurs back to life?
In the 1993 film Jurassic Park. Scientists bring dinosaurs back from extinction using DNA extracted from prehistoric mosquitoes. Until now dinosaur DNA remained elusive in real life. The idea of resurrecting extinct species is gaining traction in plant genome research. May 5, 2021 — Google
A team has extracted what could be DNA molecules from a 125-million-year-old fossil dinosaur. According to a study published last month (September 24) in Communications Biology.
Gizmodo reports the oldest sequenced DNA belongs to a million-year-old woolly mammoth. Oct 26, 2021 — Google
While the debate is still out on cloning humans should we create a real Jurassic Park?
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