Scientists have unearthed a new fossil in China that provides strong clue about flying raptors that were 4 feet long from tail to tip.
According to the scientists, raptors are commonly known for being fast, brutal and their sharp claws but the new findings have proved that they could not only tear your face off but could also fly.
They say the fossils of the non-avian dinosaur not only appeared like a jet but it was an expert flier.
The new species of flying dinosaur which was found in Liaoning Province of northeastern China was named as Changyuraptor yangi. Scientists say the new dinosaur species was named after its long feathers. The word ‘Chang yu’ connotes ‘long feature’. The new dino species got its name from researcher Yang Yandong and the Chinese words that mean ‘long-feathered raptor’.
Their long feathers make their legs appear like a second pair of wings. This is because Changyuraptors and other dinosaurs from the same family are often known as “four-winged” dinosaurs.
Scientists also see the 125-million-year-old dinosaur as a strong evidence for establishing that flight preceded birds’ origin.
According to project leader Luis Chiappe, it is difficult as well as controversial to say whether an animal like Changyuraptor was able to take off from the land.
“We do know that they were very maneuverable animals and our study shows that they used their tail to slow down while they landed,” Chiappe said.
“At a foot in length, the amazing tail feathers of Changyuraptorare by far the longest of any feathered dinosaur,” Chiappe said.
Chiappe is a palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
The study was published in the latest issue of the journal Nature Communications.