An exceptionally well-preserved theropod dinosaur from the Yixian Formation of China

  title={An exceptionally well-preserved theropod dinosaur from the Yixian Formation of China},
  author={P. Chen and Z. Dong and S. Zhen},
Two spectacular fossilized dinosaur skeletons were recently discovered in Liaoning in northeastern China. Here we describe the two nearly complete skeletons of a small theropod that represent a species closely related to Compsognathus. Sinosauropteryx has the longest tail of any known theropod, and a three-fingered hand dominated by the first finger, which is longer and thicker than either of the bones of the forearm. Both specimens have interesting integumentary structures that could provide… Expand
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