The short life of an unfortunate sauropod

Talk about a rude awakening! Scientists have found fossil evidence thatat least one species of baby dinosaur emerged from its egg, only tomeet the open jaws of a huge primitive snake looking for a quick andeasy snack.

Talk about a rude awakening! Scientists have found fossil evidence that at least one species of baby dinosaur emerged from its egg, only to meet the open jaws of a huge primitive snake looking for a quick and easy snack.

Bones from the 3.5-metre snake and the half-metre-long baby sauropod, as well as the remains of three sauropod eggs, were discovered in a chunk of 67-million-year-old sediment rock in Gujarat, western India.

Sauropods, which include the towering, long-necked brontosaurus, were the largest animals to ever inhabit the planet.

The remains provide a snapshot of life in the region near the end of the Cretaceous period.

“The fossil is a partial skeleton, mostly complete, of a snake wrapped in a dinosaur nest, coiled around an egg and sitting between some other eggs and right next to a recently hatched baby sauropod dinosaur,” explained Jason Head, a fossil snake expert at the University of Toronto, who helped analyze the fossil.

“So here what we have for the first time is direct evidence of feeding behaviour. This tells us something of what it was like to be a baby sauropod dinosaur, which probably wasn’t very much fun. You get out of the egg and that’s it.”

The fossil was discovered in 1987 by Dhananjay Mohabey of the Geological Survey of India.

 
 
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