Feathered Dragons

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Duration: 30 minutes

The second episode of the documentary series takes a look at bizarre and extraordinary feathered dinosaurs, many of which have only just been discovered. These feathered beasts are revolutionising our understanding of life on Earth as they blur the boundaries between what we know of dinosaurs and birds.

China sits at the heart of the feathered dinosaur discoveries and is the home of one of the most unusual discoveries on Earth: the epidexipteryx. Only the size of a pigeon, this predator was the most bird-like of any dinosaur and is the first known case of ornamental feathers.

But feathers were not just confined to the small. From caudipteryx to sinosauropteryx and the 8-metre-long gigantoraptor, feathers may have been used for flight, for insulation or even to intimate and attract. These dinosaurs not only hint at how animals might have developed flight, but also suggest that dinosaurs may still live among us today - as birds.

  • Microraptor

    Microraptor

    The four-winged dinosaur who lived in trees.

    Name: “Small robber”
    Age: 120 million years
    Length: 80cm
    Weight: 1.5kg
    Range: China

    Watch: Microraptor
  • Epidexipteryx

    Epidexipteryx

    The bucktoothed dinosaur with peacock-like tail feathers.

    Name: “Display feather”
    Age: 154 million years
    Length: 45cm (including tail feathers)
    Weight: 160g
    Range: China

    Watch: Epidexipteryx

Credits

Narrator
John Hurt
Narrator
John Hurt
Executive Producer
Andrew Cohen
Executive Producer
Andrew Cohen
Series Producer
Nigel Paterson
Series Producer
Nigel Paterson
Director
Nigel Paterson
Director
Nigel Paterson

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