Pronounced MY-cro-RAP-tor) Microraptor (meaning "little plunderer") is a newly-discovered, bird-like dinosaur from China. This crow-sized coelurosaurid theropod was about 16 inches (40 cm long). Its feet were adapted for climbing; it have spent much of its life in trees. This bipedal meat-eater had some bird-like features, including its teeth (like those of early birds) and hip (it had a Rahonavis-like ischium). A partial skeleton (missing the middle portion) and feather-like impressions were found in Liaoning, China. It is probably an adult, but this is not certain. The type species is M. zhaoianus; it was named by Xu, Zhou, and Wang in 2000.


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