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Re: Sinornithoides in DA... the first Sleeping Dragon.

<Since you say you were clear enough, I would take that for: "Mei was NOT
found in a sleeping posture, but the specimen reflects a futile attempt to
conter some catastrophic onslaught!" - If I got the rest right, you base
that on the mode of burial (about which the paper actually doesnt tell very
much, as others have pointed out already). Which brings up my original
question again:
Why should a cursorial animal, contrary to the "run away" behaviour one
would expect, curl up into a ball when faced with deadly danger?

Playing dead perhaps? Often animals play dead to avoid confrontations with something larger or more intimidating.