The tail of a 99-million year old dinosaur has been found entombed in amber, an unprecedented discovery that has blown away scientists.
Xing Lida, a Chinese paleontologist found the specimen, the size of a dried apricot, at an amber market in northern Myanmar near the Chinese border.
The remarkable piece was destined to end up as a curiosity or piece of jewelry, with Burmese traders believing a plant fragment was trapped inside.
"I realized that the content was a vertebrate, probably theropod, rather than any plant," Xing told CNN.
"I was not sure that (the trader) really understood how important this specimen was, but he did not raise the price."
The findings, which shed fresh light on how dinosaurs looked, are published in the December issue of Current Biology.
Ryan McKellar, a paleontologist at the Royal Saskatchwan Museum in Canada and co-author of the paper, says he was blown away when Xing first showed him the piece of amber.
"It's a once in a lifetime find. The finest details are visible and in three dimensions."
The other obvious thing is... feathers would indicate they were likely warm blooded, therefore a hell of a lot more swift than the slow moving documentary dinos.
I'm sure an animal the size of a 2 sty. bldg that moved with bird like swiftness would be shït your pants epic.
Yes thank you raptor jesus we don't have those anymore
Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to poor
This Navy guy I know does deep dives for maneuvers, and he said something once touched thier sub, and it was seen outside a viewing hole they have.
It was a tentacle. And a few of the suction cups was all they could see clearly.
The rest was so huge and so fast, it was a blur.
He said one suction cup on this thing, was easily five feet across. Definately towards the tip of the tentacle as well.
He said it had to be close to a hundred feet long.
I'm positive megalodon is out there too.
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