a peacock-sized oviraptorosaurian theropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of China.
Ji, Currie, Norell and Ji (1998
This entry is being updated.
(Zou's Tail Feather)Etymology
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
, refers to Zou
Jiahua, vice-premier of China and an avid supporter of the scientific
work in Liaoning.
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
) in the Sihetun area of Liaoning Province, NE China, in 1997.
(NGMC 97-4-A) is a compressed skeleton with preserved feather impressions and some soft tissue.
: Early Cretaceous
: 125-112 mya
Est. max. length
: 1.2 meters
Est. max. hip height
: 1 meters
Est. max. weight
: 16 Kg
• 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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