Itty Bitty Bird-Like Dinosaur Fossil Found in Amber

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In summary, a Nature article has described the smallest non-embryonic dinosaur skull, which resembles a bird skull and is smaller than a thumb nail. The skull had teeth and is believed to have preyed on small insects. A rare fossil, it reveals new information about early birds and the potential for more complex ecologies. A CNN video shows a detailed 3D scan of the skull, and amber is also mentioned as a method for preserving delicate structures. Overall, this discovery sheds light on previously unknown organisms and their role in the ecosystem.
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The skull of a very small dinosaur fossil was found recently.
The smallest non-embryonic dinosaur skull has been described in a pay-walled Nature article.
Science magazine news article here.
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Here is a CNN story that has a video of a nice rotating 3D CT scan showing a lot of details of the skull. It looks a lot like a bird skull I found a few years ago.
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It had teeth and very bird like skull, smaller than a "thumb nail".
It had teeth (not unusual for early birds) is thought to have predated upon small insects.

This is case where a rare fossil can show things that were not known before.
Fine delicate structures are much less likely to survive long enough to get fossilized which is usually a long process. Amber, although a less frequent method of fossilization, when it occurs can preserve very delicate structures and even soft tissues in some cases (which would normally quickly rot away).

This is another case that indicates there was probably a lot of smaller organisms that we are unaware of composing a more complex ecology than we are aware of.
 
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If you look close in the first picture , one can see a real tiny 'dancing baby' at the tip of the beak.
:rolleyes: :smile:
BillTre said:
Summary:: The skull of a very small dinosaur fossil was found recently.

This is another case that indicates there was probably a lot of smaller organisms that we are unaware of composing a more complex ecology than we are aware of.
An understatement.
Nice post.
 
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This is amazing! Thank you for posting this.
 

Related to Itty Bitty Bird-Like Dinosaur Fossil Found in Amber

1. What is the significance of the Itty Bitty Bird-Like Dinosaur Fossil found in Amber?

The discovery of this fossil is significant because it provides new insight into the evolution of birds and dinosaurs. It also helps us understand the diversity of life during the Cretaceous period.

2. How was the Itty Bitty Bird-Like Dinosaur Fossil found in Amber preserved?

The fossil was preserved in amber, which is fossilized tree resin. This type of preservation is rare but provides us with a detailed view of the organism's soft tissues.

3. What makes the Itty Bitty Bird-Like Dinosaur Fossil different from other dinosaur fossils?

This fossil is unique because it is the smallest non-avian dinosaur fossil ever found. It also has characteristics of both birds and dinosaurs, making it an important transitional fossil.

4. What can we learn from the Itty Bitty Bird-Like Dinosaur Fossil?

By studying this fossil, we can learn more about the evolution of birds and how they diverged from dinosaurs. We can also gain insight into the behavior and lifestyle of this particular species.

5. Where can I see the Itty Bitty Bird-Like Dinosaur Fossil?

The fossil is currently on display at [insert museum name or location]. It is also available for research purposes at [insert university or research institution name].

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