10 Mind-Blowing Discoveries This Week
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Finding two of the same birds make it likely that the animal was a predator and not a scavenger, and the researchers think that “capturing flying prey points to a stealthy, capable hunter.” The cool thing about finding such an intimate detail of a dinosaur is the ability to make them real to us.
"A lot of people look at fossils as just dead things — it's hard for them to imagine them as living, breathing animals. When you get something like this, it really brings them to life,” Bell says.
So as an attosecond is an incomprehensibly short time, 120 million years ago is incomprehensibly long -- until you have something like this to put the creatures that existed back then into sharp relief (and sharp 2D imagery as well, which you’ll see if you click the “dinosaur guts” link).
Imagine. Some day, 120 million years from now, all your hopes and fears may be lost to the ages, life may have changed in staggering ways, and some scientist, alien or time-traveler may be looking at your well-preserved gut remains, and in a tone of awed reverence announce to the world: “Ooooh, Pop Tarts!”