72-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Embryo Discovered Inside Fossilised Egg

A well-preserved dinosaur embryo has been found inside a fossilised egg. The discovery, dubbed 'Baby Yingliang', is believed to be between 66 and 72 million years old and was found in the Late Cretaceous rocks of Ganzhou in southern China. Among the most complete dinosaur embryos ever found the fossil suggests that these dinosaurs developed bird-like postures close to hatching. Scientists found the posture of ‘Baby Yingliang’ unique among known dinosaur embryos its head lies below the body, with the feet on either side and the back curled along the blunt end of the egg. Previously unrecognised in dinosaurs, this posture is similar to that of modern bird embryos. Professor Steve Brusatte from the University of Edinburgh, part of the research team, said: "This dinosaur embryo inside its egg is one of the most beautiful fossils I have ever seen.This little prenatal dinosaur looks just like a baby bird curled in its egg, which is yet more evidence that many features characteristic of today's birds first evolved in their dinosaur ancestors." The embryo is believed to be that of a toothless theropod dinosaur, or oviraptorosaur which are a group of feathered theropod dinosaurs, closely related to modern-day birds. The specimen is housed in Yingliang Stone Nature History Museum.

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