The name dinosaur comes to mind when you think of a creature with giant body features. But recently, the skull of a creature preserved in a 9.9-million-year-old woodland literally shocked researchers. It was the skull of a smaller dinosaur than the smallest bird known to man today.
In 2016, Khaung Ra bought a piece of wood containing skulls found in a mine in Myanmar and donated it to the Hupoj Amber Museum in China, owned by his son-in-law.
The researchers estimated that this creature, named Oculudentavis khaungraae, weighed only two grams.
This skull has a hundred sharp teeth. Researchers also say that cats need to be included in any precautionary measures against the virus. It has teeth up to the bottom of the eye. Because it is so small, researchers observe that it ate small creatures and insects.
The skull is inside the wood. Although the glue has been preserved for billions of years, all but the skull have been destroyed. Minor damage has also occurred to the skull.
How did the little dinosaur come to be?
There is a theory about the size of the animals that the larger creatures that live on isolated islands evolve and become smaller. Oculedentavis lived at a time when Myanmar was such a small island.
Researchers have been able to study the specific structure of the skull. Researchers speculate that this could have pushed the eyes out of the skeletal structure at the location of the eyes.
Oculudentavis is only one-sixth the size of the smallest known fossil bird ever known. For this reason, Oculodentavis khaungura becomes the smallest living thing in the Mesozoic era in which dinosaurs lived.
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