Sleeping Dragon Fossil May Link Dinosaurs, Birds

John Roach | October 13

National Geographic News –  Paleontologists have discovered a duck-size dinosaur they believe died while catching some z’s. Researchers found the creature’s fossilized remains curled up with its head tucked under a forelimb, a pose that today is unique to sleeping and resting birds.

Mei long, which means “soundly sleeping dragon” in Chinese, is the newest of several recent dinosaur fossil discoveries in northern China. The fossil suggests that the dinosaur slept in a position similar to that of modern-day birds, paleontologists say.Photograph and illustration courtesy Mick Ellison/AMNH

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