"Oculudentavis khaungraae" by Xing Lida / CC BY-ND 4.0

Smallest dinosaur found ‘trapped in amber’

Mar 12, 2020

By Paul Rincon

Scientists have discovered what they say is the smallest known dinosaur.

The new species has been described by one team member as the “weirdest fossil” she has ever worked on.

The specimen, from northern Myanmar, consists of a bird-like skull trapped in 99-million-year-old amber.

Writing in the prestigious journal Nature, researchers report that the dinosaur would have been similar in size to the bee hummingbird – the tiniest living bird.

The stunning find may shed light on how small birds evolved from dinosaurs – which were often bigger.

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