Perfectly Preserved Embryo Found Inside Fossilized Dinosaur Egg

A 72- to 66-million-year-old embryo found inside a fossilized dinosaur egg sheds new light on the link between the behavior of modern birds and dinosaurs, according to a new study.

A reconstruction of Baby Yingliang, an oviraptorid dinosaur embryo laid at least 66 million years ago in what is now China. Courtesy / Shoulin Animation

The embryo fossil, nicknamed “Baby Yingliang,” was discovered in Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province in southern China, and is believed to be at least 66 million years old.

Researcher Dr. Fion Waisum Ma told the AFP news agency that the discovery is “the best dinosaur embryo ever found in history.”

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