A new maniraptoran dinosaur from China with long feathers on the metatarsus

  title={A new maniraptoran dinosaur from China with long feathers on the metatarsus},
  author={Xing(徐星) Xu and Fucheng Zhang},
The unusual presence of long pennaceous feathers on the feet of basal dromaeosaurid dinosaurs has recently been presented as strong evidence in support of the arboreal–gliding hypothesis for the origin of bird flight, but it could be a unique feature of dromaeosaurids and thus irrelevant to the theropod–bird transition. Here, we report a new eumaniraptoran theropod from China, with avian affinities, which also has long pennaceous feathers on its feet. This suggests that such morphology might… 
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  • L. Xing, W. Persons, P. Currie
  • Environmental Science, Geography
    Evolution; international journal of organic evolution
  • 2013
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