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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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