Around 99 million years ago, a tiny hummingbird-like dinosaur flitted through the lush forests of what is now Myanmar.
Key pointsThe skull of a tiny bird has been found in 99-million-year-old amber sourced from Myanmar The fossil is thought to be the smallest known dinosaur that lived during the Mesozoic eraThe fossil provides an important insight into the evolution of birds from dinosaurs
When it died, its skull was entombed in amber and preserved forever in stunning detail.The ‘eye tooth bird’ Octuludentavis khuangaraae is a completely new species, said study co-author palaeontologist Luis Chiappe of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.
“It doesn’t belong to any known group of dinosaurs or birds,” Dr Chiappe said.
The tiny creature, which has a skull less than half the size of an Australian five cent coin, is described in the journal Nature.It is thought to be the smallest known dinosaur that lived during the Mesozoic era between 252 and 66 million years…
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