Naked Scientist: Fossilised dinosaur eggs with preserved chicks a historic find
Paleontologists working in northwestern China have discovered hundreds of fossilised dinosaur eggs, some with preserved chicks still inside.
Each about 5cm long, the eggs were laid by a winged dinosaur species, known as a pterosaur.
42 of the specimens discovered by Xiaolin Wang and her colleagues at Beijing's Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology contain evidence of developing pterosaur chicks within.
Scientist Chris Smith explains why this is a historic discovery.
These are flying dinosaurs, they date from about 100 to 146 million years ago.Chris Smith, The Naked Scientist
It is important to see the developing dinosaur chick because that tells you a lot about how developed it was when it was born, what sort of environment it would have grown up in, how dependent it would have been on parental care or whether or not these things were likely to live on their own or in a group.Chris Smith, The Naked Scientist
Click on the link below to hear the Naked Scientist answer some science questions from listeners....
It’s game time, Mzansi, says legend-of-legends John Kani. Arabile Gumede interviews advertising expert Andy Rice.Read More
What is Robinhood? Why is Tesla booming? Arabile Gumede interviews Paul Theron, potty-mouthed MD of Vestact Asset Management.Read More
Wits University has awarded the doctorate in literature in recognition of Kani's contribution to the arts and social justice.Read More
Talent strategist and leadership coach Anja van Beek gives advice on how to remain resilient through lockdown.Read More
Arabile Gumede interviews actress Dineo Moeketsi (Langa) about her attitude to money and beliefs about it.Read More
Bruce Whitfield interviews reps from the Restaurant Association Of SA, Business Unity SA and the National Liquor Traders Council.Read More
Clinical psychologist Khosi Jiyane says it is important to engage them and get to know how they are feeling because of COVID-19.Read More
Talented actor, dancer, comedian and activist Siv Ngesi says where there is uncomfortability that is where the growth is happening.Read More
The rapper urged South Africans to adhere to social distancing guidelines and to wear their masks.Read More
The 80-year-old passed away over the weekend at Park Lane hospital in Johannesburg.Read More