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Scientists have discovered a new species of hummingbird-sized dinosaur in Cretaceous amber from Myanmar, representing the smallest dinosaur ever discovered. The discovery is of great significance for understanding the evolution of dinosaurs and ancient birds, especially the soft tissue and bone structure of small animals.

Scientists discover smallest dinosaur ever discovered

The specimen is a complete animal skull encased in amber. According to the description, the skull in the amber is about 14 mm in length, has a sharp beak, dense teeth and huge eye sockets. It looks like both a dinosaur and an advanced bird. It is difficult to determine its specific category. “The morphological characteristics of this specimen are different from other birds. For this reason, we established a new genus and species – Kuanya Oculodontidae. The genus name ‘Oculotooth’ points out the characteristics of this specimen, namely large eyes and dense teeth; the species The name ‘Kuanya’ pays tribute to Ms. Kuanya, the Burmese amber collector who discovered and collected this specimen.” Xing Lida said.

“The specimen of Oculodontidae only has the head, and there is still some uncertainty in its classification. We will continue to search in Burmese amber, hoping to find more complete individuals and reveal all the secrets of Oculodontidae,” said Xing Lida.

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