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Tiny Dino skull found preserved in amber

NEW DELHI: Tinier than the teeniest chicken, older than T Rex and perfectly preserved for eternity: scientists have recognized a 100-million-year-old flying dinosaur encased in amber that can be the smallest yet discovered.

The skull of Oculudentavis khaungraae used to be present in a globule of amber in Myanmar. The preserved skull is just 7.1mm (lower than one-third of an inch) lengthy. It would have been smaller than the smallest chicken alive nowadays, the bee hummingbird. Despite its minuscule dimension, researchers imagine it hunted bugs, using its sharp enamel and large eyes to home in on prey.

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