The innards of a voracious carnivorous dinosaur preserved in an exceptionally rare fossil

The “exceptional” fossil of Fragrant daurlong from the Upper Cretaceous period of Inner Mongolia, China. (Image credit: Wang, X. et al. Scientific Reports (2022); (CC BY 4.0))

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More than 100 million years ago, a fearsome bird-like dinosaur was swept into a lake and transformed into an exceptional fossil in what is now China, preserving one of the few known intact intestinal remains. of non-avian dinosaurs, according to a new study.

Paleontologists knew they had unearthed something special when they saw ‘a large bluish layer in the abdomen’ of the fossilized beast, which belongs to the newly discovered species Fragrant daurlong, as well as a lineage of dinosaurs called the dromaeosaurids, which includes the ancestors of modern birds. This bluish layer had “exceptional preservation” of the dinosaur’s gut, the researchers wrote in the study, published in the journal Scientific reports (opens in a new tab) in Nov 19.

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