Dinosaurs are so cool that sometimes we forget that they were actual living things that resided on our planet millions of years ago.
The only thing we know about these creatures is that they were extremely big, there were a lot of different types, they are the ancestors of many moderns species, and that they were killed by a meteorite that hit Earth and extinguished them.
We know how they looked like because of the fossils that have been discovered through the years of civilization, but they seem that they are directly from fairytales. Since they are so interesting, any new proof or found characteristic about them is a big thing in the science community, so imagine how happy they were when dinosaur eggs with babies inside were found.
There are a lot of oviraptor dinosaurs known, and in the past, many paleontologists have found them on top of their nests guarding their eggs, but this rare discovery is the first time a non-avian dinosaur is found with actual embryos inside its eggs, all from the same species.
This event took place in Ganzhou City in China’s southern Jiangxi Province. The paleontologists discovered an adult oviraptorosaur that is believed to be over 70 million years old. The oviraptorosaur was known as the “egg thief lizard”, they are seen as primitive flightless birds and lived in what is now known as North America and Asia during the Cretaceous period.
Oviraptorosaurs were vertebrated short creatures with a parrot-looked skull and the one found in Asia preserves most of its skeleton, it conserved its limbs, pelvis, and tail, and it can be perfectly seen sitting above 24 eggs, at least three of them with embryos.
Apparently, those 3 babies were about to hatch, since the skeleton of this little guy was found in what they believed was a protection position, but after a few experiments using oxygen isotopes analysis on the eggs, they found that the temperature that the eggs were incubated and experimenting the moment they died was the result of the dinosaur brooding them, so it was described as a “caring parent that ultimately gave its life while nurturing its young”
But there is something extra about this oviraptor, it was also found with several pebbles in its stomach, which supposed a surprise since scientists still don’t know much about the diet of this particular species.
This fossil was such a rare discovery that excited paleontologists across the whole world and it is being studied at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing, China as a great tool for new information about the biological evolution of vertebrate species.