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The Way The Dinosaurs Slept

The Way The Dinosaurs Slept

Bone by bone and study by study, palaeontologists are learning more than ever before about dinosaurs. But there are still many aspects of prehistoric biology that we know little about. In fact, some of the simplest facets of dinosaur lives remain elusive, like how they slept.

A handful of fossils have shown us that at least some dinosaurs curled up just like birds.

Many articulated dinosaur skeletons are found in the classic dinosaur death pose, with their tails tilted up and their necks thrown over their backs.

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Mei Long

Mei Long

Mei Long was a tiny, early Cretaceous, a feathery troodontid dinosaur with big eyes and a little switchblade claw on each foot.

The foot-long dinosaur rested its head over its folded arms, and its tail wrapped around the dinosaur’s torso. Mei died sleeping in a roosting position similar to that of modern birds. The dinosaur’s name, which means “sleeping dragon,” is a tribute to the behavior.

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The Second Finding

The Second Finding

Another Mei specimen has confirmed that the first find was not a fluke. Palaeontologists have described a second, slightly smaller Mei that was preserved in a nearly identical sleeping position. Much like the first, this Mei probably died in a prehistoric ashfall that both killed and preserved the dinosaur in delicate detail without jarring the snoozing troodontid out of position. Some feathery, non-avian dinosaurs not only looked like birds, but they slept like them, too.

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