Image: Mei long, skeleton

Mei long, skeleton

Mei long, fossilised skeleton. China.

Mick Ellison
© American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)


This fossilised skeleton of Mei long, a non-avian coelurosaur from China, preserved with its head 'tucked under its forelimb. This posture resembles the 'sleeping' pose commonly used by modern birds. Such inferred behaviour strengthens the link between non-avian dinosaurs and birds.

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