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  • Travis Bauer

    Oh man what I would give to examine this. I mean, look at all you can learn about them just from this little picture. The terrain they preferred to lay their eggs. The order and pattern , that they would organize them in a circle to watch over. That they obviously watched over and protected their young, as opposed to just laying a clutch in pile and ditching it like some animals. You can also tell the size of a litter, and possibly test to see if they are actually from one mother or if they lived in a community that worked together. It also gives a little insight into their metabolism, survivability of the young, reproductive rates of adult females, and so much more!!! And that's not even looking at the fact that we have these 22 baby raptor embryos to work with and study. I'm sorry I ranted. It's just so amazing!

Preserved for 70 to 85 million years, these feathers are part of a newly revealed trove of likely dinosaur and bird plumage found trapped in amber in Alberta, Canada.