Archaeopteryx lithographica Length: Up to 50cm, with a 50cm wingspan Weight: 1kg Lived: Southern Germany, late-Jurassic (150 million years ago) Small ying carnivore, o en regarded as the earliest known bird. Unlike modern birds, Archaeopteryx didn’t have a bony breastbone for large ight muscles to a ach to, so was likely a much weaker ier.
Caihong juji Length: 40cm Weight: 500g Lived: Northeastern China, late-Jurassic (160 million years ago) Duck-sized, gliding carnivore covered in feathers. This dinosaur’s name means ‘rainbow with the big crest’ in Mandarin. It’s since been suggested that what appeared to be a head crest may have been a small ridge above its eyes to avoid glare from the sunshine, as some eagles have today.
Psittacosaurus sp. Length: 1-2m Weight: 20kg or more Lived: Asia, mid-Cretaceous (110 million years ago) Golden retriever-sized herbivore with long tail bristles. Walked on its two hind legs. Most dinosaur genera have only one species, but up to 11 di erent kinds of Psi acosaurus are known from China, Mongolia, Siberia and Thailand.
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Sinosauropteryx prima Length: Just over 1m Weight: 550g Lived: Northeastern China, early-Cretaceous (124 million years ago) Slender, turkey-sized carnivore with a long tail. Revealed to the world in 1996, Sinosauropteryx was the first dinosaur ever confirmed to have feathers.