Scientists have previously considered it to be a dinosaur fossil, shaped like a hummingbird.
New Delhi: A very small fossil has recently been found in Myanmar. Researchers have previously called it the smallest dinosaur fossil in the world, but in reality it is an endangered species of lizard.
Fossils were found millions of years ago
Scientists have previously thought of it as a dinosaur fossil, shaped like a hummingbird. In a new study, scientists have found that in reality this fossil is not a dinosaur, but an endangered species of lizard. This study is published in Current Biology.
In March 2020, researchers discovered a fossil from northern Myanmar that was said to be the world’s smallest dinosaur 99 million years ago. The study was published in the journal Nature. Now a study published in Current Biology says that these fossils were not dinosaurs.
The study claimed that it belonged to the new Oculudetivas species, which was an animal of the lizard genus. The skeletal structure of this reptile provided information about the animal’s large eyes, entire skull, and many tissues. It has been named Oculudetivas Naga species. Researchers say the species is now endangered.
Nature has also removed the research paper that identified the fossil as a hummingbird-shaped dinosaur.
Similarities between the two species
It was studied by Arno Bolett of the University of Bristol’s School of Earth Sciences and a few other researchers. The fossil was CT scanned to facilitate neutron scattering and high resolution and ray computed tomography at the Australian Center at the University of Texas at Austin. The researchers compared each bone in both species and found significant physical similarities between the two. Eventually he came to the conclusion that this fossil was a lizard. The researchers found similarities in the appearance of the outer skin, the structure of the eyes, and the presence of scapulae found in reptiles.