New Study: First of its Kind Dinosaur Fossil

December 12, 2023

This is a once-in-a-career fossil.

University of Calgary paleontologist Dr. Darla Zelenitsky, an author of a new study that identified a fossilized young dinosaur with a full stomach. 

Why It Matters: The researchers note their discovery marks the first ever tyrannosaur skeleton found with a full stomach, helping researchers better understand lifestyles of the 75+-million-year-old creatures. What did they find inside the dinosaur’s stomach? Two drumsticks from birdlike dinosaurs, comparable in size to turkeys. One paleontologist describes the meal, saying, “It looks like it was Thanksgiving, because it was mostly eating the legs.” 

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Young tyrannosaur died with a full stomach, remarkable fossil reveals (The Washington Post)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas