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Tuesday, 25th of July, 2017
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ZHENYUANLONG

a meat-eating dromaeosaurid theropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of China.
Pronunciation: jen-HWAHN-long
Meaning: Zhenyuan's dragon
Author/s: Lü and Brusatte (2015)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Liaoning Province, China
Chart Position: 748

Zhenyuanlong suni

Zhenyuanlong suni is the largest non-bird dinosaur that has ever been found with full-blown, bird-like wings. Although larger feathered dinosaurs have been identified before, none have possessed such complex layers of quill pen-like feathers, made up of fibrous branches stemming from a central shaft. However, they were attached to tiny arms that were hopeless for flight, and may instead have been used for ostentatious displays to attract a mate, for incubating their eggs, or just for keeping warm.
(Zhenyuan's dragon)Etymology
Zhenyuanlong is derived from "Zhenyuan" (for Zhenyuan Sun, a representative of the local museum who procured it from a Liaoning farmer who is not willing to reveal his identity) and the Chinese "long" (dragon). The species epithet, suni, also honors Zhenyuan Sun.
Discovery
The remains of Zhenyuanlong were discovered in the Yixian formation, Sihedang of Jianchang County, Liaoning Province, China.
The holotype (JPM-0008) is a nearly complete skeleton with skull and lower jaw, preserved on a slab of fissile siltstone.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Early Cretaceous
Stage: Barremian
Age range: 130-125 mya
Vital Stats:
Est. max. length: 2 meters
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: 12 Kg
Diet: Carnivore
References
• Junchang Lü & Stephen L. Brusatte (2015) "A large, short-armed, winged dromaeosaurid (Dinosauria: Theropoda) from the Early Cretaceous of China and its implications for feather evolution". Scientific Reports 5, Article number: 11775 (2015)
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Atkinson, L. "ZHENYUANLONG :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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