Scientists find earliest evidence of a dinosaur eating a mammal

An artistic interpretation of what the microraptor may have looked like 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. Researchers came across the Last Supper of the microraptorA bird-like four-winged carnivorous dinosaur while examining its fossilized remains at a secret museum in China, a new study reveals.

The well-preserved fossil of Microraptor zhaoianus comprised the 0.39 inch long (1 centimeter) foot of a small mammal, probably a rodent, which according to a rested in the small theropod’s thorax expression (opens in new tab).

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