Naked Scientist: Fossilised dinosaur eggs with preserved chicks a historic find

Paleontologists working in northwestern China have discovered hundreds of fossilised dinosaur eggs, some with preserved chicks still inside.

Each about 5cm long, the eggs were laid by a winged dinosaur species, known as a pterosaur.

42 of the specimens discovered by Xiaolin Wang and her colleagues at Beijing's Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology contain evidence of developing pterosaur chicks within.

Scientist Chris Smith explains why this is a historic discovery.

These are flying dinosaurs, they date from about 100 to 146 million years ago.

Chris Smith, The Naked Scientist

It is important to see the developing dinosaur chick because that tells you a lot about how developed it was when it was born, what sort of environment it would have grown up in, how dependent it would have been on parental care or whether or not these things were likely to live on their own or in a group.

Chris Smith, The Naked Scientist

Click on the link below to hear the Naked Scientist answer some science questions from listeners....


This article first appeared on 702 : Naked Scientist: Fossilised dinosaur eggs with preserved chicks a historic find


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
[LISTEN] The Naked Scientist explains the effects of cooking with microwaves

[LISTEN] The Naked Scientist explains the effects of cooking with microwaves

Chris Smith joins the Eusebius McKaiser Show every Friday to answer questions on science or just about anything else

Naked Scientist: Discovery of an earth-sized planet called Ross-128b

Naked Scientist: Discovery of an earth-sized planet called Ross-128b

Chris Smith joins the Eusebius McKaiser Show every Friday to answer questions on science or just about anything else.

1 in 5 people sneeze when they look at the sun, the Naked Scientist explains why

1 in 5 people sneeze when they look at the sun, the Naked Scientist explains why

Chris Smith joins the Eusebius McKaiser Show every Friday to answer questions on science or just about anything else.

When a person dies, why doesn't the body repair itself? Naked Scientist answers

When a person dies, why doesn't the body repair itself? Naked Scientist answers

The Naked Scientist joins the Eusebius McKaiser Show every Friday to answer questions either on science or just about anything.

Transgender athlete's AFLW ban shows how human rights and sport rules differ

Transgender athlete's AFLW ban shows how human rights and sport rules differ

Sport scientist Dr Ross Tucker says Hannah Mouncey's right to self-identify and right to participate in elite sport are not equal.

Naked Scientist: Your skin has a memory

Naked Scientist: Your skin has a memory

A new study has shown skin cells can remember previous injuries and respond faster if the same patch of tissue is injured again.

Words you will hear today: Things to hide in the cave on the moon

Words you will hear today: Things to hide in the cave on the moon

Japanese scientists have discovered a large cave beneath the lunar surface.

Popular articles
We're not just cyclists - CT man turns punch-up with driver into safety message

We're not just cyclists - CT man turns punch-up with driver into safety message

He was punched in the face by a motorist last week and tracked the driver down for a meet-up, instead of laying charges.

[WATCH] The spectacular moment AB de Villiers bent the laws of physics

[WATCH] The spectacular moment AB de Villiers bent the laws of physics

The world now knows never to underestimate the athletic form of SA cricketer AB de Villiers after this gravity-defying catch.

[LISTEN] Dailene, the lady behind the video from Thursday's heist in Boksburg

[LISTEN] Dailene, the lady behind the video from Thursday's heist in Boksburg

Another heist was carried out in Boksburg on Thursday morning and led to five people being arrested.

Health Minister proposes scrapping of medical aid co-payments

Health Minister proposes scrapping of medical aid co-payments

The eradication of medical aid co-payments is one of a number of changes to the medical aid scheme proposed by Aaron Motsoaledi.

SANDF soldier arrested for robbery on trial for attempted murder

SANDF soldier arrested for robbery on trial for attempted murder

Operations chief, General Barney Hlatshwayo's personal driver was arrested on Tuesday.

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

These are the emergency numbers you should have on your cellphone and this is what you must understand about how they work.