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Caudipteryx

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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.

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Pronounced
caw-dip-ter-iks
Meaning of name
tail feather
Length
  1m
Weight
2.5kg
Teeth
sharp teeth that pointed outwards, at the front of the upper jaw only
Diet
omnivorous
How it moved
on 2 legs
When it lived
Early Cretaceous
(125 - 122 million years ago)
Found in
Peoples Republic of China

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy
Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neotherapoda, Tetanurae, Avetherapoda, Coelurosauria, Tyrannoraptora, Maniraptoriformes, Maniraptora, Oviraptorosauria, Caudipterygidae, Caudipteryx
Named by
Ji, Currie, Norell and Ji. (1998)
Type species
zoui