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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: 349

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
• Osmólska H, Currie PJ and Barsbold R (2004) "The Dinosauria: Second edition".
• Dyke GJ and Norell MA (2005) "Caudipteryx as a non-avian theropod rather than a flightless bird". Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 50 (1): 101–116.
• Ji Q, Currie PJ, Norell MA and Ji S (1998) "Two feathered dinosaurs from northeastern China". Nature 393: 753-761.
• Martin LD and Czerkas SA (2000) "The Fossil Record of Feather Evolution in the Mesozoic". Integrative and Comparative Biology 40(4): 687–694.
• Zhou Zhong-He and Wang Xiao-Lin (2000) "A new species of Caudipteryx from the Yixian Formation of Liaoning, northeast China". Vertebrata PalAsiatica. 38 (2): 113–130.
• Maryańska T, Osmólska H and Wolsan M (2002) "Avialan status for Oviraptorosauria". Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 47 (1): 97–116.
• Witmer LM (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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