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Dinosaurs ruled 2017 with discovery of 30 dinosaur eggs, skeletons with flesh, and much more

One of the largest and heaviest dinosaur had just 6.3 cm long brain

The year 2017 is about to pass in few hours. By the end of the year, it will have witnessed several new finds related to dinosaurs. Some of them became popular while some of them didn’t get significant eyeball attention. With the help of this article, we are trying to put some light on the recent discoveries.

30 oval-shaped dinosaur eggs

A hoard of 30-oval shaped dinosaur eggs was discovered in south-East China, according to reports. The Jurassic era dinosaur eggs were unearthed by construction workers while digging up the site of a school in Dayu County, Ganzhou, China. They found the nest with the preserved dino eggs in excellent conditions. The latest dinosaur eggs discovered from China is believed to be 130 million years old, that means, they belong to the Cretaceous period. The eggs were covered with 2mm-thick black debris.

The 130 million-year-old dinosaur eggs were discovered by the construction workers when they were breaking the ground near the school site with explosives. They saw a cluster of oval-shaped stones in the earth and suspected it to be eggs of dinosaurs. They immediately stopped their work and called the police. After reaching the site, the police sealed the site and alerted the Dayu County museum staff, as reported by China News. Then the building was shut down, and the scientists started recovering the eggs.

According to the experts, the latest discovered prehistoric eggs were the fossilized eggs of dinosaurs and are present in well-preserved condition. They belong to the Cretaceous age which is considered as the final period of the dinosaur era. The Daily Mail reported that 2mm-thick black debris was the fossilized eggshells of the dinosaurs of the Jurassic era. The eggs have been taken to the museum for further study. Scientists believe China was home to at least 20 different species of dinosaur species during the Jurassic period. Also, the city of Ganzhou, where the latest fossilized dino eggs were found, is called as the hometown of Dinosaurs.

“The fossil record tells us that feathers like the one we have studied were already present on a wide range of theropod dinosaurs. Although we can’t be sure what kind of dinosaur the tick was feeding on, the mid-Cretaceous age of the Burmese amber confirms that the feather certainly did not belong to a modern bird,” said Dr Ricardo Pérez-de la Fuente, study co-author and a palaeobiologist at Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Recently, in another find, Paleontologists in China had successfully discovered more than 200 fossilized eggs of dinosaur that were believed to be belonging to Pterosaurs. These Pterosaurs are known as prehistoric flying reptiles that lived from Triassic period to the end of the Cretaceous period. In recent couple of months, many fossilized eggs, as well as fossilized bone remains of the Jurassic era creatures, have been unearthed from different parts of the world. Scientists are thoroughly studying these prehistoric fossilized remains of dinosaurs in an effort to crack many more mysteries surrounding these giant extinct reptiles.

Dinosaur is found with tissue still on its bones in India.

Investigators have found a creature body with flesh and bones that match the dinosaurs. Mystery as partially-preserved remains resembling a dinosaur was found with tissue still on its bones in India.

Specialists were left mystified after the body of a creature matching a dinosaur was found with flesh still on its bones. Experts got puzzled by the shape and structure of the body as it had a notable similarity to the dinosaurs.

Buried in amber a 99-million-year-old tick gripping the feather of a dinosaur

Paleontologists found a buried amber with 99-million-year-old tick gripping the feather of a dinosaur, giving the first direct sign that the tiny insects drank dinosaur blood. Immortalized in the golden gemstone, the bloodsucker’s last supper is exceptional because it is unusual to find parasites with their hosts in the specimen record. The finding, which was issued on Tuesday, gives researchers fascinating insight into the old diet of one of today’s most prevalent pests.

Dinosaur with duck-like features has strange characteristics and can swim

The creature’s combination of features was so strange that the extra work was required to verify the fossil’s authenticity, research suggests that it might have lived on both land and in water, they described in a paper published on Wednesday in Nature. If so, that would make the species, known as Halszkaraptor escuilliei, only the second swimming dinosaur ever discovered, after the fierce Spinosaurus.

The evidence that suggests H.escuilliei was semiaquatic include its long neck and curved, crocodile-like teeth, which it may have used to fall face first at fish from the water surface. The dinosaur also had a nose filled with sensitive nerves that are typically seen in crocodiles and used to identify movement and temperature changes in water. Its forelimbs were formed less like wings and more like flippers, comparable to those utilized by marine reptiles like the plesiosaur to swim. Pascal Godefroit, a palaeontologist and an author on the paper, said that it was intended for swimming, but which kind of swimming we are not aware of.

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Rishabh Rajvanshi

Rishabh, with six years of experience in the newspaper industry, has co-founded The TeCake in 2013. Apart from writing and editing articles on Technology at The TeCake, he also contributes to other esteemed newspapers.

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