'tail feather'

2kg, 1.0m-long small theropod

Diet: omnivorous

Country: China

Period: Early Cretaceous, 125-122 million years ago

Teeth: sharp teeth that pointed outwards, at the front of the upper jaw only

How it moved: on 2 legs

This bird-like dinosaur lived after Archaeopteryx. It had a fan of feathers at the end of its tail.

Caudipteryx has been found with gizzard stones (small stones swallowed by the dinosaur, perhaps to help digest food) and had small, weak teeth. It probably ate insects and maybe plants as well.

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy: Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neotherapoda, Tetanurae, Avetherapoda, Coelurosauria, Tyrannoraptora, Maniraptoriformes, Maniraptora, Oviraptorosauria, Caudipterygidae

Named by: Ji, Currie, Norell and Ji. (1998)

Type species: zoui


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