Sinocalliopteryx

Sinocalliopteryx

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'Chinese beautiful feather'

2.37m-long small theropod

Diet: carnivorous

Country: China

Period: Early Cretaceous, 125 million years ago

Sinocalliopteryx is known from a complete skeleton with preserved filamentous integumentary structures (hair-like 'protofeathers'). Part of the leg of a dromaeosaurid (a small, fast-moving dinosaur that walked on 2 legs) and also some gastroliths (stomach stones) were found in its abdomen.

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy: Dinosauria, Saurischia

Named by: Ji, Ji, Lü and Yuan (2007)

Type species: gigas

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