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Sinosauropteryx



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Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Saurischia
  Suborder Theropoda
  (unranked) Coelurosauria
  Family Compsognathidae
  Genus Sinosauropteryx
Sinosauropteryx was a small carnivore (meat-eater) dinosaur that lived in China during the early Cretaceous period, between about 125 and 122 million years ago.

Sinosauropteryx was about 3¼ to 4 feet (1 to 1.2 meters) long - most of its length being taken up by its extremely long tail. It is estimated to have weighed around 5½ pounds (2.5 kilograms).

Fossils of Sinosauropteryx show had a covering of what look like down-like feathers. The usual interpretation is that these are indeed primitive feathers with a very simple structure, however an alternative interpretation has also been proposed - that they are the remains of collagen fibers. It has been noted that patches appear on the sides of the body, back, neck skull, arms, leg, and the top and bottom of the tail, suggesting that the animal was completely covered with these "feathers" in life. On the tail, there are also a series of lighter and darker bands, which may be the remains of melanin, and thus give an indication of the animal's living appearance.

We also have some direct evidence of Sinosauropteryx's diet. One fossil specimen shows the remains of a lizard in its stomach. A second fossil, which is also believed to be Sinosauropteryx, was found to contain the remains of the jawbones of three small mammals, two of the jaws being from Zhangheotherium (a Symmetrodont - an extinct order of primitive mammals), and the other one being from Sinobaatar (a Multituberculate - another extinct order of mammals).

Finally we also some information about the reproduction of Sinosauropteryx. The fossil which had a lizard as part of its preserved stomach content, also contained a number of eggs (two of which can be clearly seen). It is not thought that these are eggs that the animal ate (because they are in the wrong part of the body), but rather they are thought to be the animal's own unlaid eggs. Each egg is about 1 inch (25 millimeters) wide, and just under 1½ inches (38 millimeters) long.


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Sinosauropteryx was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived from 125 to 122 million years ago

Sinosauropteryx was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived from 125 to 122 million years ago

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

  2. "Sinosauropteryx" means "Chinese lizard-wing".

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

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

  5. Sinosauropteryx lived between about 125 million years ago and 122 million years ago, during the Cretaceous period.

  6. Sinosauropteryx lived in China.

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

  8. Sinosauropteryx was about 3¼ to 4 feet (1 to 1.2 meters) long.

  9. Sinosauropteryx weighed about 5½ pounds (2.5 kilograms).


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Sinosauropteryx-Mysterious Feathered Dinosaur (I Like Dinosaurs!)
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Discusses the physical features of the sinosauropteryx and where the fossil was found.
Sinosauropteryx Family Legend (Chinese Edition)
By Shen Shixi

East China Normal University Press
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They live in the Jurassic period with the law of jungle, and they are the heterogeneous and the weak of the dinosaurs family. In that famous Jurassic large explosion, they survived, and became homeothermes who could feel cold and warm. They were sensitive, kind and full of warmth. Using the brain, they invented the ""broodiness"" and ""nesting"".
A Moment In Time With Sinosauropteryx (A Moment In Time Series)
By Philip J Currie & Jan Sovak

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Layah, a small, feathered predatory dinosaur of the saurischian family, hunts for food and avoids her enemies, watches the mammals, birds, and reptiles around her, and finds temporary shelter near a volcano, in a story that also includes information about Sinosauropteryx.Layah, a small, feathered predatory dinosaur, hunts for food and avoids her enemies, watches the mammals, birds, and reptiles around her, and finds shelter near a volcano, in a story that also includes information about Sinosauropteryx.
Feathered Dinosaurs (Meet the Dinosaurs)
By Don Lessem

Millbrook Press TM
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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.

Let's Explore! Dinosaurs Sticker Coloring Book: with 30 Stickers! (Dover Coloring Books)
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Young dinosaur fans will thrill to these 30 full-page illustrations to color, which accurately portray giants like T. rex as well as the dainty, bird-like predator Troodon and other creatures from the Age of Reptiles. Each page offers captions with fascinating facts about the dinosaurs, and 30 full-color stickers can be added to complete the dramatic scenes of prehistoric life.
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The Search for the Origin of Birds (Prehistoric Life)
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