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What's the most interesting dinosaur fossil you've ever found?
Mark Norell points to the specimen of a nesting oviraptor.
Mark Norell points to the specimen of a nesting oviraptor in his office.
 

Probably the most interesting dinosaur fossil I ever found is the nesting Oviraptor, really tells us something special about the past: that these animals looked and behaved like birds. The specimen found where the adult Oviraptor is positioned on a nest of eggs is compelling evidence that these animals behaved like parents in a very bird-like way. This behavior, coupled with such birdlike characteristics as a toothless beak and possibly feathers, strengthens the bird-dinosaur connections even more.