More dino news: Ancient bird ancestor found in China

by Terry Burton, Digital Media Coordinator

A very interesting new dino discovery from China — a four-winged, chicken-sized dinosaur that’s the oldest bird-like dinosaur found to date. Dubbed Anchiornis huxleyi, this find pushes back the age of dinosaurs bearing flight feathers to 160 million years ago. The earlier date — 5 million years before Archaeopteryx, the oldest known bird — furthers weakens the argument that birds did not have enough time to evolve from dinosaurs. See the article in Scientific American for more.

The feathered dinosaur, Anchiornis huxleyi, sported four wings when alive some 155 million years ago (shown in this artist's reconstruction). Credit: Zhao Chuang/Xing Lida

The feathered dinosaur, Anchiornis huxleyi, sported four wings when alive some 155 million years ago (shown in this artist's reconstruction). Credit: Zhao Chuang/Xing Lida

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