The remains of two ancient reptiles unknown to science were discovered by the reptiles. Supposedly, they are about 125 million years old. They were buried in an underground hole. Their serene postures indicated that the dinosaurs died during the hibernation. They may had been buried alive during a volcanic eruption. The size of the reptiles does not exceed 1.1 meters.
The new species was named Changmiania liaoningensis that in Chinese means 'eternal sleeper from Liaoning'. Their fossilized remains are not subject to destruction by time, the elements or scavengers.
An amazing find was made by farmers on the outskirts of Liaoning province, located in northeastern China. The samples were transferred to the Paleontological Museum for study. An international group of paleontologists from China, Argentina and Belgium is studying the remains of ancient animals. Initial analysis showed that both animals could be related to early bird pods.
It is a type of herbivorous dinosaur that moved on its hind legs and had a duck beak. Judging by its powerful hind legs and long, elastic tail, the dinosaur ran quickly over long distances. In addition, the species could dig holes that was not common.
A researcher Pascal Godefroy noted that the dinosaur had short neck and forearms, strong shoulder blades, and the upper part of the muzzle looked like a shovel that is typical of animals burrowing. The skulls of the specimens are well preserved.
The area where the remains of ancient creatures were discovered is famous for its unusual fossils, many of them survived as a result of volcanic eruptions. In some cases, studies of fossil remains indicated that certain types of dinosaurs were devoted parents, some did not exceed the size of possums and their main food was smaller species of dinosaurs.
The two specimens found suggest that the deaths of the two reptiles occurred quickly while the animals were still alive and most likely asleep. An interesting detail was revealed during the study: a handful of small stones were found in the abdomen of one of the deceased individuals. The scientists suggested that the dinosaur swallowed them on purpose, to quickly grind food during digestion.