Not too long ago, we reported new data about the dinosaur extinction.
It’s been just revealed that a San Diego Natural History Museum paleontologist is describing a dinosaur that’s new to the scientific world.
There’s a brand new species of feathered dinosaur that has been discovered in China, and it’s also been described by American and Chinese authors in the journal called The Anatomical Record.
This is a unique specimen that seems to offer a window into how our planet was about 120 million years ago. It’s been revealed that the fossil preserves bones and feathers that offer new data about how dinosaurs grew and how they were different from the birds.
“The new dinosaur fits in with incredible radiation of feathered, winged animals that are closely related to the origin of birds,” according to Dr. Ashley Poust, who analyzed the specimen.
She continued and explained that “Studying specimens like this not only shows us the sometimes surprising paths that ancient life has taken, but also allows us to test ideas about how important bird characteristics, including flight, arose in the distant past.”
Wulong bohaiensis dinosaur
Scientists named the dinosaur “Wulong bohaiensis.”
It’s interesting to note that Wulong is Chinese for “the dancing dragon” and makes a reference to the position of the beautifully articulated specimen.
The specimen was found more than ten years ago in China by a farmer. He found it in the Jehol Province, which is rich in fossils. Since then, the specimen has been housed in the collection of The Dalian Natural History Museum in Liaoning.
This is a northeastern Chinese province bordering North Korea and the Yellow Sea.
Presenting Wulong, our new feathered theropod!
Published today in The Anatomical Record, this new dinosaur tells us some interesting things about how dinosaurs, particularly dromaeosaurids, ("raptors") grew up.
— Ashley W Poust (@AshPoust) January 15, 2020
The connection between birds and dinosaurs
The dinosaur had quite a narrow face and lots of sharp teeth; it’s also worth noting that it was larger than a common crow, but smaller than a raven.
The animal had thin bones, and it was covered with feathers. It also had a wing-like array on both arms and legs.
This discovery is extremely important not only because it talks about a dinosaur that’s new to science but also because it highlights the connection between birds and dinosaurs.