MICRORAPTOR

(MY-crow-rap-tor)

Dino Dan got him hooked on Microraptors, but the old toys still available online were quite costly, thankfully in 2017 Safari Ltd released one!

Like Archaeopteryx, Microraptor had bird like feathers used not just for warmth but for aerodynamics making the important evolutionary link between dinosaurs and birds. They could glide like flying squirrels, and shared the skies with pterosaurs and birds

Name means:
Small Thief

Among the smallest non-avian dinosaurs

Diet
Carnivore (Possibly piscivore…fish eater)

Mammal (and bird!) bones found within microraptor fossils

Time Period
Cretaceous Time Period

120 Million Years Ago

Discovered In
Asia

China

Lioning

Size & Weight
Length:
(length of man’s footstep)
(same as a bus)

Weight:
1 kg / 2.2 pounds
(1 litre of water)

Jaw
Front teeth were similar to other piscivores (inclined, pointing back)

Limbs
Bird-like feathers for aerodynamics on all four limbs

Gliding like flying squirrel

Eyes
Large eyes suggest Microraptor being nocturnal.

Iridescent plumage (glossy coat) may contradict this; only non-nocturnal birds today have that

featured prehistoric - dinosaur toy
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Clade Dinosauria
Order Saurischia
Suborder Theropoda
Family Dromaeosauridae
Clade Microraptoria
Genus MICRORAPTOR

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