Asia

China discovers winged, feathered 'dragon'

Updated 0851 GMT (1651 HKT) July 17, 2015
Share
Zhenyuanlong illustration Zhenyuanlong illustration
1 of 6
An illustration by artist Chuang Zhao of the Zhenyuanlong, a newly-discovered large, short-armed, winged dinosaur. Courtesy Chuang Zhao
The fossil not only shows the complete skeleton of the animal, as well as its skull displayed in profile. Clearly visible around the creature's short arms are a pattern of long feathers, which also appear to have decorated the dinosaur's tail. Courtesy Junchang Lu and Steve Brusatte
Steve Brusatte, left, and Lu Junchang post in front of the Zhenyuanlong skeleton courtesy Junchang Lu and Steve Brusatte
The body of Zhenyuanlong. The creature is two meters long, and weighs about 20 kilograms. Courtesy Junchang Lu and Steve Brusatte
The head of Zhenyuanlong. Courtesy Junchang Lu and Steve Brusatte
The Zhenyuanlong fossil was found in China's Liaoning Province. For nearly twenty years, this area has been fertile ground for dinosaur discoveries.
Courtesy Junchang Lu and Steve Brusatte