Scientists discover fossil remains of a four-winged raptor

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One of the principal villains in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 motion picture film Jurassic Park was the Velociraptor, a small predatory dinosaur with serrated teeth and sharp claws.

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Although raptors were previously thought to be land-bound, scientists have recently discovered a new species of raptorial dinosaur that not only could fly, but was also four-winged. Named the Changyuraptor yangi, this air-borne capable terror had the longest feathers among any flying dinosaur.  Researcher Luis Chiappe of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles states, “There is nothing like this by a very good distance. The feathers were one-fourth the size of the animal.”

Discovered in the northeast Chinese region of Liaoning, the Changyuraptor either flew or glided (which is still up for debate) and relied heavily on its tail for stability, control, and landing.

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(Image credits: Luis Chiappe/ Courtesy of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County)

 

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