Caudipteryx

Caudipteryx

Pronunciation:
caw-dip-ter-iks
Name meaning:
'tail feather'
Caudipteryx
Dinosaur description:
2kg, 1.0m-long
small theropod
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Diet:
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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, Neotheropoda, Tetanurae, Avetheropoda, Coelurosauria, Tyrannoraptora, Maniraptoriformes, Maniraptora, Oviraptorosauria, Caudipterygidae
Named by:
Ji, Currie, Norell and Ji. (1998)
Type species:
zoui
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