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A special dinosaur that was suddenly “petrified” 130 million years ago was discovered in China

A peculiar dinosaur was unexpectedly “petrified” 130 million years ago, leaving a surprisingly intact fossilized body including a frog it recently swallowed.

According to Sci-News , speciesdinosaurwas discovered living in Inner Mongolia – China at the beginning of the Cretaceous period, about 120-130 million years ago. Dubbed Daurlong wangi, the monster was a mid-sized dromaeosaurid (bird-like dinosaur) that ate fish, mammals, and other small dinosaurs.

Fossils have just been unearthed 

Fossils revealed at the famous Jehol Biota site, a Cretaceous freshwater and terrestrial ecosystem preserved in a massive multi-layered rock mass in western Liaoning province and neighboring areas in the northeast China.

Dr Xuri Wang from the Institute of Geology of the Chinese Academy of Geosciences, who led the research, said: “The Jehol Biota site has provided a rich diversity of dromaeosaurid species. can be explained ecologically with the assumption that direct competition for resources is avoided.

Illustrating images

The newly excavated Daurlong wangi has almost complete remains, revealed in the Dove Hill site of the Longjiang Formation of Inner Mongolia, even a fossil frog skeleton inside. Its length when alive is about 1.5 meters.

The ill-fated frog is a real treasure. “Reconstruction of the gastrointestinal tract in extinct species, including dinosaurs, can be inferred indirectly, from what is left of the gut,” the authors write in the journal Scientific Reports . .

This is also the first dromaeosaurid to be found with an unexpectedly intact intestinal tract.

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Graphic image depicting a dromaeosaurid dinosaur 

Its re-shape will also provide many interesting things. Of the other dromaeosaurids that have been found, reconstructions show it as more of a bird than a dinosaur, but a monstrous bird resembling horror movie hybrids, with sharp claws and legs strong, shriveled wings, “face” is quite scary.

The dromaeosaurid, however, was still a reptile, a 100% genetic dinosaur.