In a sensational development, two perfectly preserved fossils of a new 125 million-year-old dinosaur species were discovered in China.
The discovery was made by the archaeologists in the Lujiatun Beds, the oldest layers of the famous Yixian Formation in northeast China, as per a CNN report.
The report quoted palaeontologist Pascal Godefroit of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences as saying, “These animals were quickly covered by fine sediment while they were still alive or just after their death.”
The species, named as Changmiania liaoningensis, is believed to have lived during the Cretaceous period.
Shedding further light on the species, the report quoted Godefroit as saying, “However, certain characteristics of the skeleton suggest that Changmiania could dig burrows, much like rabbits do today.”
“Its neck and forearms are very short but robust, its shoulder blades are characteristic of burrowing vertebrates and the top of its snout is shaped like a shovel,” he was further quoted as saying.