Baby bird trapped in stunning pristine condition inside 100-million-year-old amber
Usually, these are the insects trapped in amber, such as Jurassic Park mosquitoes that served to revive the dinosaurs. But sometimes we get lucky and find something different – something that is even more interesting than the best fiction. This time, scientists were surprised to find a few stings caught in amber of 100 million years collected Myanmar. It resembles the age of birds, so it was never maintained. The following video speaks for itself.
Amber Amber Count Amber 100 million years. Credit: Xing Lida.
Amber first began as a simple resin, a reddish, viscous liquid that leaves a diseased or damaged tree. All the trees do not produce the type of resin that can become amber. In the Dominican Republic, for example, an extinct legume tree is responsible for fossil amber in the region of 16 million years.
When an animal arrives – be it an insect or even a larger animal – it gets stuck in the resin flow. Sometimes, if the animal is small enough, the flow or resin is large enough to encompass and ultimately maintain the entire animal. For large animals, most of the time, only some parts can be preserved.
Once the animal is trapped, the resin polymerizes and hardens through a chemistry that is not fully understood. If the pressure and temperature are correct, the resin becomes a semi-fossilized substance called copal and later another process transforms amber copal. It takes at least two million years. Scammers in the streets of Morocco or Myanmar usually sell amber copal as first and much more valuable.
About the wing. Credit: Ming BAI.A close-up of the wing. Credit: Ming BAI.
What makes amber fossils so incredible and valuable to science is that unlike mineralized – the type you see in a museum of natural history, dinosaur bones and so on – amber can preserve soft tissues such as brain Animal or other parts of the nervous system. For example, we have found amber fossils like a flower taken directly to the act of reproduction, old species of cockroaches, mammalian blood or spiders trapped in the fighting – and they are every million years, but we see here as if they were still alive. That is why amber is one of the most precious time capsules, a tomb of gold.
The pitcher trapped 100 million years is preserved in perfect condition. It contains the head, neck, wings, tail and feet of the launcher that could not have been more than a few more days when it was trapped in the resin.
Focus on the small claws of this young age. Credit: Xing Lida. In the little claws of this old creator. Credit: Xing Lida.
These images are amazing. But do not fool yourself either. While it may seem that we see in the flesh, claws or skin, what we actually see are your impressions. All the tissue decomposes into carbon. The result is that there is no usable DNA either. That the blood of Jurassic Park dinosaurs DNA does not happen in the real world.
The breeding, which researchers call “Belone” after a Burmese name skylark East in the amber color, belonged to an extinct group of birds called Enantiornithes, also known as “opposing birds.” They lived alongside the ancestors of modern birds, but the dinosaurs were extinct there with 66 million years. Previous fossil evidence suggests that opposing birds hatch with flying feathers, ready to take off the first day. The current environment gem supports this hypothesis because the images suggest that it had flying feathers and growing tail feathers. And unlike the modern-born newborn, this old, opposing young bird lacked body feathers. Ryan McKellar, the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Regina and one of the authors of the new study, argue that the birds stumbled on the ground and then entered the trees, which also makes them prone to get stuck in sap.