A new dinosaur species has just been named, though its one and only egg was found on a farm nearly twenty-five years ago. Baby Louie, the fossil of this dinosaur, is really one of a kind. In fact, it is the only one ever discovered of its species. The species name, Beibeilong sinensis, is a mix of Latin and Mandarin which means “baby dragon from China”.
“Baby Louie” Is the Only Example of Its Species, the Baby Dragon
“This is the first embryo known for a giant oviraptorosaur, dinosaurs that are exceedingly rare,” said Zelenitsky.
The egg itself has even been given a name, Macroelongatoolithus. This literally means “large elongate stone egg.” Even though they are quite rare, enough of them have been found to firmly establish them as a type of oviraptorosaur.
The farmer who found the egg sold it to an American fossil company. This then passed it on to National Geographic for photos by Louis Psihoyos. The fossil gets its name from him. It was then displayed at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, where the moniker stuck.
From there, this incredibly rare egg returned to China. There, researchers carried out extensive studies. Based on them, the species receives its formal name, which was only just announced.