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Rare fossil in a fossil reveals last meal

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In Hinduism’s Vedic mythos, the deity Indra does battle with a dragon that swallows Indra whole. Now, scientists have found a strikingly similar tale captured in the fossil record: a newly recognized species of lizard that met its end in the belly of a glimmering dinosaur.

Named Indrasaurus wangi as a nod to the mythical encounter, the unfortunate reptile was found within the abdomen of a feathered dinosaur known as Microraptor. The fossil of this four-winged dinosaur was itself unearthed from the 130-million-year-old Jehol biota, a treasure trove of Cretaceous-period fossils in what’s now northeastern China.

The specimen also reveals that, like some predatory birds today, Microraptor had a taste for swallowing lizards whole and head-first.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/07/new-fossil-lizard-found-inside-microraptor-dinosaur/

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