New feathered dinosaur discovered 中國又發現有羽毛的恐龍Epidexipteryx
The fossil of a "bizarre" feathered dinosaur from the era before birds evolved has been discovered in China.
Epidexipteryx was very bird-like, with four long ribbon-like tail feathers - probably used in display.
But the pigeon-sized creature shows no sign of the flight feathers seen in other bird-like dinosaurs, according to a report in the journal Nature.
its limbs lacked contour feathers - a feature common to most modern birds.
The discovery highlights the diversity of species present in the Middle to Late Jurassic, just before birds arose.
The fossilised claw of Epidexipteryx, discovered in the Daohugou beds, China
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