Four-winged feathered dinosaur fossil found

  • 16 July 2014
Dinosaur image compared to size of a man Image copyright NHM
Image caption Here's how its size compares to an adult person

Scientists have found the fossil of a four-winged feathered dinosaur in China.

This unusual plumage helped the creature to slow down during flight and land safely, say researchers.

The bird-like creature is called Changyuraptor yangi, and lived 125 million years ago in Liaoning Province, north-east China.

At 132cm long, weighing over 4 kilograms, it is the biggest dinosaur of its type discovered.

And it's bigger than the largest flying birds around today, such as the albatross.

The well-preserved, complete skeleton has a long tail with 30cm feathers.

Image copyright SPL
Image caption Microraptor gui was another ancient four-winged species

Four-winged dinosaurs, such as this, are known as microraptorines.

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