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CAUDIPTERYX

a peacock-sized oviraptorosaurian theropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of China.
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Pronunciation: cow-DIP-tuh-riks
Meaning: Tail Feather
Author/s: Ji, Currie, Norell and Ji (1998)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Liaoning, China
Chart Position: 345

Caudipteryx zoui

This entry is being updated.
(Zou's Tail Feather)Etymology
Caudipteryx is derived from the Latin "cauda" (tail) and the Greek "pteryx" (wing, feather) because of the large feathers arranged fan-like on the end of its tail.
The species epithet, zoui, refers to Zou Jiahua, vice-premier of China and an avid supporter of the scientific work in Liaoning.
Discovery
The first remains of Caudipteryx were recovered from the Jianshangou Beds of the Yixian Formation (previously the Chaomidianzi Formation) near the town of Zhangjiakou (also home to Dilong and Sinornithosaurus) in the Sihetun area of Liaoning Province, NE China, in 1997. The holotype (NGMC 97-4-A) is a compressed skeleton with preserved feather impressions and some soft tissue.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Early Cretaceous
Stage: Barremian-Aptian
Age range: 125-112 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 1.2 meters
Est. max. hip height: 1 meters
Est. max. weight: 16 Kg
Diet: Omnivore
References
• H. Osmólska, P.J. Currie and R. Barsbold (2004) "The Dinosauria: Second edition".
• G.J. Dyke and M.A. Norell (2005) "Caudipteryx as a non-avian theropod rather than a flightless bird". Acta Palaeontologica Polonica.
• Q. Ji, P.J. Currie, M.A. Norell and S. Ji (1998) "Two feathered dinosaurs from northeastern China".
• Martin, L.D. and Czerkas, S.A. (2000) "The Fossil Record of Feather Evolution in the Mesozoic".
• Zhou Zhong-He and Wang Xiao-Lin, 2000) "A new species of Caudipteryx from the Yixian Formation of Liaoning, northeast China".
• Maryańska, T.; Osmólska, H.; Wolsan, M. (2002) "Avialan status for Oviraptorosauria".
• Witmer, L.M. (2005) "The Debate on Avian Ancestry; Phylogeny, Function and Fossils" in "Mesozoic Birds: Above the Heads of Dinosaurs".
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Atkinson, L. "CAUDIPTERYX :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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