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Sinocalliopteryx

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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.

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Pronounced
sie-no-kall-ee-op-ter-iks
Meaning of name
Chinese beautiful feather
Length
  2.37m
Diet
carnivorous
When it lived
Early Cretaceous
(125  million years ago)

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy
Dinosauria, Saurischia, Sinocalliopteryx
Named by
Ji, Ji, Lü and Yuan (2007)
Type species
gigas