Eosinopteryx brevipenna Godefroit et al. 2013 (coelurosaur)

Reptilia - Avetheropoda

Eosinopteryx brevipenna is a small feathered dinosaur, 30 cm in length, from the early part of the Late Jurassic (approximately 160 million years ago) of northwestern China. It is known from a single, complete articulated skeleton with feathers. The original describers of this species suggested it shows a reduced plumage (covering of feathers) relative to other contemporary and closely related feathered dinosaurs, and that this might indicate a ground-dwelling, fast-running way of life.

Full reference: P. Godefroit, H. Demuynck, G. Dyke, D. Hu, F. EscuilliƩ and P. Claeys. 2013. Reduced plumage and flight ability of a new Jurassic paravian theropod from China. Nature Communications 4(1394):1-6

Belongs to Eosinopteryx according to P. Godefroit et al. 2013

See also Cau and Madzia 2018

Sister taxa: none

Type specimen: YFGP (Yizhou Fossil & Geology Park)-T5197, a skeleton (Complete articulated skeleton with associated integumentary structures). Its type locality is Yaolugou locality, which is in a Bathonian/Kimmeridgian lacustrine siliciclastic in the Tiaojishan Formation of China.

Ecology: ground dwelling carnivore

Distribution: found only at Yaolugou locality

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