The smallest dinosaur was found in amber. He is no more a hummingbird!

Most often, scientists are able to detect the remains of large animals - the fact is that they are large and durable

bones that are preserved better than the remains of representatives of small fauna. However, there are exceptions - some ancient animals freeze in amber, the petrified resin of coniferous trees.

One of the largest amber deposits knownscience, located in the north of Myanmar - the age of the samples in them is more than 99 million years. In one of the fossils, researchers were able to find a feathered head that resembles a bird.

The analysis showed that in reality sheIt belonged not to a bird, but to the smallest known dinosaur. Computed tomography and modeling helped establish his appearance - it turned out that the length of the skull of the animal was only 7.1 mm, and the length of the head with beak was less than 2 cm.

Sharpteeth - about 30 on each side. His eyes were large enough, but his eyelids passed little light: according to scientists, this is a clear sign of the animal’s daytime lifestyle.

Previously, Russian scientists from the PaleontologicalThe Borisyak Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences discovered four new species of insects in amber, the last representatives of which died out 99 million years ago. The reason was the wrong structure of the proboscis - insects were a kind of "unsuccessful experiment of nature."