In the Media: National Geographic Discusses Professor Lars Schmitz’ Discovery of New Dinosaur Species

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W.M. Keck Science Department Associate Professor of Biology Lars Schmitz spoke to National Geographic about the discovery of a new species of dinosaur, Oculudentavis khaungraae. An international team of researchers, including Schmitz, discovered what is seemingly the mature skull of a specimen preserved in Burmese amber. After studying the specimen’s eye bones, Schmitz told National Geographic, “the shape you see there, that isn’t really seen in any other bird, or any other dinosaur.” The discovery was initially published in Nature and has received coverage in the Washington Post, CNN, Scientific American, The Conversation, and elsewhere.