Feb 3, 2018
A cover story: Cretaceous amber from Myanmar (∼99 Ma Burmese amber) has become a valuable supplement to the traditional skeletal record of small theropod dinosaurs preserved in sedimentary rocks, particularly for coelurosaurs and enantiornithines. The specimens recovered from this deposit preserve skeletal material and soft tissues in unmatched detail. This provides opportunities to study three-dimensional preservation of soft tissues, microstructure, and pigmentation patterns that are seldom available elsewhere in the fossil record. Ultimately, this line of research provides insights into life stages that are difficult to preserve, the ecology and appearance of the groups involved, and the evolutionary-development of structures such as feathers. Here we describe the most recent discovery from Burmese amber, an articulated skeleton of an enantiornithine bird. This individual has been sectioned along the coronal plane, providing a unique view inside multiple body regions. Osteological observations and plumage patterns support placement within the Enantiornithes, and suggest that the animal may have been a juvenile at the time of death. The specimen has a complex taphonomic history that includes exposure at the surface of a resin flow prior to encapsulation, and may include scavenging by some of the insects trapped within the same amber piece. The chemical composition observed along surface exposures and shallowly buried regions of the body indicate that the specimen has not undergone significant exchange with its surroundings. High iron concentrations are present in regions that preserve soft tissues as carbon films, and calcium distribution corresponds to regions where bones breach the surface of the amber.
Jan 22, 2018
Jun 6, 2017
Our team have uncovered an incredible specimen in Myanmar that
has given us a glimpse of life from 100 million years ago - a
piece of amber containing the remarkably preserved remains of an
ancient bird hatchling.
Lida Xing, Jingmai K. O'Connor, Ryan C. McKellar, Luis M.
Chiappe, Kuowei Tseng, Gang Li & Ming Bai (2017)
Apr 15, 2017
New Products: Gold Jewelry with Burmite amber plant inclusion Amber.
Dec 9, 2016
Our first !! DINO!! SAUR!! in AMBER!!!!!
First Dinosaur Tail Found Preserved in Amber!!
National Geographic: First Dinosaur Tail Found Preserved in Amber
Sciencenews: Dinosaur tail preserved in amber, with feathers
Sep 4, 2016
Prof. Michael Benton became one of the Visiting fellow of vertebrate Department.
Michael is Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Head of School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, UK.
Sep 3, 2016
End of 2016 field work for “Six Peaks Dinosaur Track Site”, British Columbia, Canada.
July 1, 2016
June 30, 2016
May 5, 2015
Study amber in Myitkyina, Myanmar
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