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Caudipteryx



dinosaur picture Caudipteryx


Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Saurischia
  Suborder Theropoda
  (unranked) Coelurosauria
  Parvorder Oviraptorosauria
  Family Caudipteridae
  Genus Caudipteryx
Caudipteryx was a small dinosaur that lived in the early Cretaceous period, about 125 million years ago. Fossils of the animal were first discovered in China during the late 1990s.

Caudipteryx was about3½ feet (1 meters) long, and had a mixture of bird-like and reptile-like features. The bones of its hand, with a reduced third finger, resembled those of birds, it had a shortened tail, like birds, teeth like those of primitive birds, possibly a reversed first toe, like that of birds, as well as over all body proportions which resembled those of modern flightless birds. Additionally, Caudipteryx is known to have had long feathers on its forearms and tail, and short downy feathers on its body.

Despite having a number of bird-like features, Caudipteryx is not thought to have been capable of flight - instead, it is thought to have been a fast runner. As far as diet is concerned, it is generally thought to have been an omnivore - the presence of gastroliths (stones that were swallowed to help digest tough plant matter) in at least two specimens suggest that plant material did form a significant part of its diet.

Fossilized Caudipteryx showing feathers:
Fossil Caudipteryx with feathers


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Caudipteryx was an omnivore (ate meat and plants) that lived about 125 million years ago

Caudipteryx was an omnivore (ate meat and plants) that lived about 125 million years ago

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

  2. "Caudipteryx" means "tail feather".

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

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

  5. Caudipteryx lived about 125 million years ago, during the Cretaceous period.

  6. Caudipteryx lived in China.

  7. Caudipteryx was a omnivore (ate both meat and plants).

  8. Caudipteryx is thought to have swallowed stones which would have been used to help grind up food, especially tough plant material (some modern birds do the same thing). Such stones ("gastroliths") have been found in at least two specimens of Caudipteryx.

  9. Caudipteryx was about 3½ feet (1 meters) long.

  10. Caudipteryx weighed about 15 pounds (7 kilograms).


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Dinosaur Profiles - Caudipteryx
By Andrea Due

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Dinosaur Profiles - Caudipteryx
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This very strange dinosaur had feathers all over its body. It might prove that dinosaurs are related to modern birds.
Meet Caudipteryx (Age of Dinosaurs)
By Sheryn Knight

Cavendish Square
Library Binding (32 pages)

Meet Caudipteryx (Age of Dinosaurs)
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Learn about the life and times of the feathered Caudipteryx through incredible illustrations of its habitat, feeding habits, mating, and more.
Professor Barrister's Dinosaur Mysteries #4: The Case of the Colorful Caudipteryx
By Stephen Penner

Nimble Books
Paperback (62 pages)

Professor Barrister s Dinosaur Mysteries #4: The Case of the Colorful Caudipteryx
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A dinosaur from the Triassic Period accidentally transports itself to Cretaceous China, a world filled with colorfully feathered dinosaurs. Will Prof. Barrister's crazy feather-fossil-color theory be enough to save the time-trapped dino?
Caudipteryx. Ritratti di dinosauri
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Velociraptor and Other Raptors: The Need-to-Know Facts (Dinosaur Fact Dig)
By Rebecca Rissman

Capstone Press
Paperback (32 pages)

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Raptors like Velocirpator were small, deadly dinosaurs. These carnivores and omnivores may have looked like birds, but they couldn't get off the ground. Bold images, colorful maps, and interesting facts take readers back to a time when these deadly hunters walked the earth. This book supports common core standards.
Feathered Dinosaurs (Meet the Dinosaurs)
By Don Lessem

Millbrook Press TM
Released: 2013-08-01
Kindle Edition (40 pages)

Feathered Dinosaurs (Meet the Dinosaurs)
 
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"Dino" Don Lessem brings readers face-to-face with various dinosaur species, detailing their habitats, way of life and how they became extinct. An acclaimed dinosaur expert, Don Lessem has written more than 30 children's books, writes a popular dinosaur column in Highlights magazine, and was an adviser for Jurassic Park. Take a trip through dinosaur time to meet these feathered dinosaurs face to face: The Caudipteryx had feathered arms and a tail that looked like a pom-pom! The Sinovenator may have used colorful feathers to attract a mate! The Microraptor may have used its feathers to glide or even fly! Plus, you'll get to know Beipiaosaurus, Epidendrosaurus, Protarchaeopteryx, Sinosauropteryx, and Velociraptor.



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Safari Ltd Carnegie Scale Model Caudipteryx
Safari Ltd.
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  • This peacock-sized dinosaur is thought to be an ancestor of dinosaurs like the Oviraptor. The long feathers on its tail and arms were probably brightly colored, and indeed, wonderfully preserved specimens of the Caudipteryx show that its tail feathers were striped in light and dark bands!
  • Made with Safari Ltd's industry-leading standards, this product has been individually hand painted, features solid construction from quality, safe, phthalate-free and lead-free materials, and includes an educational hangtag in 5 languages.
  • A 1:5 scale model, Safari Ltd's Carnegie Scale Model Caudipteryx measures 7"L x 3.5"W x 5.3"H.
Caudipteryx (Trading Card) 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs - [Base] - Extinction Red #43
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Flash of Brilliance Dinosaur Flash Cards with Fun Facts and Pronunciation Keys for Each Dinosaur by The
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So many children are fascinated by dinosaurs-- they always want to know more about them! You can feed their natural curiosity with this fact-filled volume of thick and durable flashcards from Flash of Brilliance. There's so much to learn. Did you know: Some dinosaurs ate only plants. Others only meat. Very few ate both. Some dinosaurs aren't really dinosaurs at all. They're flying reptiles. One dinosaur was the largest creature ever to walk the earth. Every card is beautifully illustrated on the front by renowned "dino-artist" Joe Tucciarone, and filled with fun facts about that dinosaur on the back. Share them with your kids again and again.
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