By Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com
Published: 23:08 BST, 15 September 2020 | Updated: 23:42 BST, 15 September 2020
A pair of dinosaurs were sleeping in burrows some 125 million years ago when a nearby volcano erupted, sending lava down the valley and trapping them in an underground grave.
The story has now been brought to life after farmers in China discovered the perfectly preserved creatures, which were an unknown species, in their final resting place.
Paleontologists noticed their eyes were closed when they were buried alive, naming them Changmiania liaoningensis – which means ‘eternal sleeper’ in Chinese.
The dinosaurs are believed to have died from asphyxiation, toxins and infections, due to the posture of the skeletons.
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A pair of dinosaurs were sleeping in burrows some 125 million years ago when a nearby volcano erupted, sending lava down the valley and trapping