Paleontologists Discover A New Dinosaur In China That Looks Like ‘Porg’ From Star Wars


A fossilized skeleton of Sinomacrops Bondei, a new species and genus that would have been covered in hair-like filaments and glided through primordial forests, has been discovered in China by paleontologists.

It would have round eyes and a short, stubby chin, just like the cute Porgs from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Scientists have classified it as an anurognathid.

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Jagielska, who works as a science illustrator, joked that Sinomacrop Bondei was the “same species” as the Porg,

dinosaur looks like porg.

Jagielska

It is the first anurognathid discovered with its entire skull exposed in lateral view, allowing scientists to gain a better understanding of the species’ evolutionary development and diversification.

Sinomacrops Bondei is derived from the Ancient Greek word roots Sino, which refers to China, macro (Makros), which means large, and ops, which means eyes/face.

Bondei was chosen as a name by the researchers to honor paleontologist Niels Bonde, who has made numerous scientific contributions and has served as an inspiration.

The site has yielded complete skeletons, including skin, hair, and even stomach contents. Organisms were rapidly buried under layers of volcanic ash, producing an oxygen-depleted atmosphere that aided preservation.

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The Jinzhou Museum of Paleontology in west-central China houses the remains of Sinomacrops Bondei.

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