Smallest-ever fossil dinosaur found trapped in amber

    The little bird-like dinosaur Oculudentavis khaungraae probably dined on insects in a Cretaceous rainforest.

    By Michael Greshko

    PUBLISHED March 11, 2020

    As Burmese amber’s scientific value grows, so too do ethical concerns around its study. Many significant amber fossils start out in the hands of private collectors, raising questions about future scientists’ access to the specimens. Miners also face unsafe conditions, and the mines lie within Myanmar’s Kachin state, home to a long-simmering conflict between the Myanmar military and rebels fighting for Kachin independence. A 2018 military offensive to take over the mining areas displaced thousands of indigenous Kachin, according to the Kachin Development Networking Group.

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