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Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Saurischia
  Suborder Theropoda
  (unranked) Coelurosauria
  Infraorder Deinonychosauria
  Family Troodontidae
  Genus Anchiornis
Anchiornis was a small dinosaur that lived in China during the late Jurassic period, between about 160 and 155 million years ago.

Anchionris was very small, and had a total length of around 13 inches (34 centimeters). It is believed to have only weighed about 4 ounches (110 grams).

Both of the first two fossil specimens of Anchionris that were discovered show definite evidence of the animal having borne feathers. While the first specimen preserved only faint traces of these feathers, the second specimen discovered showed a much better impression of feathers, even with sufficient detail for scientists to study the number and location of individual feathers. As a result, scientists now know that Anchiornis had flight feathers on both its front and hind limbs. Additionally, we know that feet of Anchiornis (except the claws) were also covered with feathers, and that the head, neck, torso, and first part of the tail were covered wth downy feathers, and the rear of the tail bore tail feathers ("rectrices").

It has been suggested that the Anchiornis might have been able to fly or glide. The main reasons for this suggestion are that Anchiornis had a particularly bird-like wrist, and that it also had relatively long front limbs. Additionally, since Anchiornis had relatively short hind limbs, it does not seem to have been well adapted to a fast-running lifestyle.


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Anchiornis was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived from 160 to 155 million years ago

Anchiornis was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived from 160 to 155 million years ago

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Here is a summary of some of the key facts about Anchiornis:
  1. Anchiornis was a genus of dinosaur.

  2. "Anchiornis" means "near bird", and was chosen because the animal's body plan has a number of bird-like features.

  3. Anchiornis was a member of the Saurischia ("lizard-hipped") order of dinosaurs. What this means, is that although Anchiornis was not closely related to lizards, it did have similarly shaped pelvic bones.

  4. Anchiornis was a Theropod - a member of a group of related bipedal dinosaurs that included the ancestors of birds (although Anchiornis was not itself an ancestor of birds).

  5. Anchiornis lived between about 160 million years ago and 155 million years ago, during the Jurassic period.

  6. Anchiornis lived in China.

  7. Anchiornis was a carnivore (meat-eater).

  8. Anchiornis was about 13 inches (34 centimeters) long.

  9. Anchiornis weighed about 4 ounces (110 grams).


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Avian Ancestors: A Review of the Phylogenetic Relationships of the Theropods Unenlagiidae, Microraptoria, Anchiornis and Scansoriopterygidae (SpringerBriefs in Earth System Sciences)
By Federico Agnolin

Federico L Agnolin
Released: 2013-02-27
Paperback (108 pages)

Avian Ancestors: A Review of the Phylogenetic Relationships of the Theropods Unenlagiidae, Microraptoria, Anchiornis and Scansoriopterygidae (SpringerBriefs in Earth System Sciences)
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Although consensus exists among researchers that birds evolved from coelurosaurian theropods, paleontologists still debate the identification of the group of coelurosaurians that most closely approaches the common ancestor of birds. The last 20 years witnessed the discovery of a wide array of avian-like theropods that has considerably amplified the anatomical disparity among deinonychosaurians, some of which resemble Archaeopteryx more than Deinonychus. Among these newly discovered theropods that show remarkable bird-like characteristics are the four-winged theropods Microraptor and Anchiornis, and the unenlagiids Unenlagia, Buitreraptor, and Rahonavis. A bizarre group of minute-sized coelurosaurs, the Scansoriopterygidae, also exhibits some avian similarities that lead some authors to interpret them as more closely related to birds than other dinosaurs. With the aim to explore the phylogenetic relationships of these coelurosaurians and birds, we merged recently published integrative databases, resulting in significant changes in the topological distribution of taxa within Paraves. We present evidence that Dromaeosauridae, Microraptoria, Unenlagiidae, and Anchiornis + Xiaotingia form successive sister taxa of Aves, and that the Scansoriopterygidae are basal coelurosaurians not closely related to birds. The implications in the evolutionary sequence of anatomical characters leading to birds, including the origin of flight, are also considered in light of this new phylogenetic hypothesis.
Excavate! Dinosaurs: Paper Toy Paleontology
By Jonathan Tennant

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Released: 2014-10-21
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Excavate! Dinosaurs is the perfect paper paleontology collection for dinosaur-loving kids ages 7 and up. With fun text and colorful illustrations, Jonathan Tennant explains the anatomy, habits, and diet of 12 iconic dinosaurs from the Cretaceous, Jurassic, and Triassic eras. Pages of pop-out pieces can be assembled into stand-up paper models of each dinosaur skeleton, but only if kids can use their new knowledge and imagination to put the pieces together correctly — just like real paleontologists do!

Dinosaur Stalkers in the Swamp (Dinosaurs Rule)
By Paul Mason

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Released: 2018-08-01
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Discover a habitat filled with steaming swamps and crawling with dinosaurs fighting to survive. Spread-by-spread match-ups pit species against one another in scientifically accurate battles, while fact files give report writers all the info they need at a glance.



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