Bones of a dinosaur snack found 120 million years later in fossils

Bones of a dinosaur snack found 120 million years later in fossils

Bones of a dinosaur snack found 120 million years later in fossils

  • Paleontologist Hans Larsson found a small mammal’s foot in the rib of a dinosaur fossil.
  • According to McGill University, the reptile was carnivorous and bird-like.
  • It is one of only 21 dinosaur fossils ever found with its food in it.

The key to the survival of a small, four-winged dinosaur species was not being picky about what it ate, the examination of a rare fossil revealed.

Paleontologist Hans Larsson, a professor at McGill University, was the first to notice a small mammal’s foot among the bones of a fossil Microraptor, a carnivorous dino with bird-like wings. The discovery shows that the dinosaur ate a long list of animals, including mammals, fish, birds and lizards. the university announced in a press release dated 21 December.

“These finds are the only solid evidence we have about the food consumption of these long-extinct animals — and they are exceptionally rare,” says Larsson. said in the release. The revelation that the animal was an “opportunistic” feeder “gives a new perspective on how ancient ecosystems may have worked,” he added.

Only 20 other fossils have been found with the petrified bones of their meals in them, according to McGilland this is the first time a fossil has shown that a dinosaur ate mammals, reported the Economic Times.

Microraptor fossils were first discovered in the early 2000s in Liaoning, China, located in the northeastern part of the country along the Yellow Sea. Scientists have speculated that the species is probably extinct because it had four wings, and the two extra wings created drag when it moved.

The ability to make a snack out of all sorts of animals may not have been enough to make up for two too many wings.



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