Thursday, 28 January 2010

Dinosaur Found In China is Oldest Known Ancestor of Birds

The fossil of a two-legged carnivorous dinosaur has been unearthed in China which is being hailed as the oldest known ancestor of birds.  This dinosaur called 'Haplocheirus sollers' lived around 160 million years ago and preyed on primitive lizards, reptiles and small mammals. It had a long, narrow skull, lots of small teeth, powerful forelimbs and biceps and would have stood between 6-7 1/2 feet tall.

The species belongs to a family of bird-like dinosuars called Alvarezsauridae, and pushes back the fossil record for this group of dinosaurs 60 million years into the Late Jurassic.

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