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Shuvuuia: Extraordinary Dinosaurs That Hunted in the Dark – SciTechDaily

The tiny desert-living dinosaur Shuvuuia had extraordinary vision and owl-like hearing for nocturnal life in the Mongolian desert. Today’s 10,000 species of birds…

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Shuvuuia deserti artist’s reconstruction. Credit: Viktor Radermaker
The tiny desert-living dinosaur Shuvuuia had extraordinary vision and owl-like hearing for nocturnal life in the Mongolian desert.
Today’s 10,000 species of birds live in virtually every habitat on Earth, but only a handful have adaptations enabling them to hunt active prey in the dark of night. Scientists have long wondered whether theropod dinosaurs – the group that gave rise to modern birds – had similar sensory adaptations.

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