Scientists find the earliest evidence of a dinosaur eating a mammal

An artist’s interpretation of what Microraptor might have looked while eating a rodent. (Image credit: Ralph Attanasia)

About 120 million years ago, a crow-sized bird of prey devoured a mammal for its last meal. Scientists came across the last supper Microraptora bird-like carnivorous dinosaur with four wings, while examining its fossilized remains at an undisclosed museum in China, a new study shows.

The well-preserved fossil of Microraptor zhaoianus including the 0.39-inch-long (1 centimeter) foot of a small mammal, probably a rodent, resting inside the small theropod’s ribcage, according to a statement (opens in a new tab).

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