Louie the Baby Dinosaur Finally Finds its Species

                                                           Louie the Baby Dinosaur Finally Finds its Species

In the early 1990s, scientists discovered a fossilized dinosaur embryo in a nest of huge dinosaur eggs, in central China. However, the fossils of its parents were nowhere to be found. So, ever since then, baby Louie, as they called it, has been an orphan. Until now when, after so many years, Dr. Darla Zelenitsky, a paleontologist at the University of Calgary in Alberta, and her colleagues have managed to find a connection between baby Louie and its relatives.

Baby Louie no longer an orphan

It seems like the dinosaur embryo and his kind belonged to a group of big dinosaurs which resembled birds. They are called the giant oviraptorosaurs. Actually, they looked more like ostriches, but were as heavy as a rhino and as tall as an elephant. It is worth noting that baby Louie is the first specimen of a new species of giant oviraptorosaur scientists found. His official name is Beibeilong sinensis or “Chinese baby dragon”.

The eggs which were in the nest where baby Louie was found were extremely large and are known as Macroelongatoolithus eggs. Scientists have also stumbled upon them in North America. They are usually found in a circle formation consisting of about 30 eggs. However, baby Louie was the only fossil found near the eggs. This prompted the scientists to believe that he may have been born out of one.

Louie’s story began between 1992 and 1993 in China. A fossil dealer called Charlie Magovern was the owner of the rocks. He is the one who unexpectedly discovered the fossilized fetus among the eggs. In 1996, the National Geographic magazine featured baby Louie on its cover. The fossil was named after the photographer for the article, Louie Psihoyos. In 2001, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum put him on display.

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