Why did the dinosaur cross the road? Because the chicken wasn’t invented yet. Ha!
Or you could say that this dinosaur crosses the road because it is the ancestor of the chicken, that it evolves into a chicken. There is plenty of evidence, after all, that modern day birds evolved from dinosaurs.
A recently discovered fossil provides evidence even an untrained eye can see. The 130-million-year-old fossil preserves a dinosaur sleeping. The animal is posed with its head tucked between its elbow and its body, the heat-conserving pose modern day birds take when they sleep.
The dinosaur was a troodontid, a relative of Tyrannosaurus rex, but much smaller, about two feet long. This particular fossil has been nicknamed Mej long, which means soundly sleeping dragon. The discovery not only contributes important evidence in support of the connection between dinosaurs and modern day birds, but it suggests that bird like characteristics emerged early on in dinosaur evolution.