Mei

Name: Mei (Sleep soundly).
Phonetic: May.
Named By: Xing Xu & Mark Norell - 2004.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Troodontidae.
Species: M. long (type).
Type: Carnivore.
Size: Type specimen 40 centimetres long, but does not represent an adult.
Known locations: China, Liaoning province.
Time period: Valanginian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: A well preserved juvenile.

       Mei was named because it was found in a sleeping pose, not unlike birds today. Study of the bones has revealed they were not totally fused, meaning that the animal was a juvenile. Analysis of the stone the fossil was discovered in shows it to have been buried by volcanic ash.



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