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Sinocalliopteryx

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Sinocalliopteryx gigas, a compsognathid from the Early Cretaceous of the Liaoning Province in China. Known from a complete articulated skeleton, it is the largest compsognathid known reaching a length of 2.5 meters. The fossil also shows trace of "protofeathers" covering the body with longer ones near the ankles. The remains of its last meal, the leg of a small dromeosaurid, was also found in its abdomen.
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Ironically this dinosaur lived alongside Dilong, an ancestor of T-Rex, but was larger.

Funny if you think that there was a time when Compys were bigger than Tyrannosaurs.
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Compsognathids seem to be getting larger.
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Great work and again i love bachground!! ^^
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Must be nice when they find entire skeletons complete with food in stomach. And if that thing is 2.5m that's a whopping great big tree! Makes it really easy to envision treetop cities :)
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That looks great! I love the stance and the choice of the background too Though! :D :)
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Thanks again! :D
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You're welcome! :D
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I heard that coelurosaurs (or the feathered dinosaurs like the tyrannosaurs, compsognathids, raptors, therizinosaurs, etc.) should be considered a group of birds that are decesendants from proto-birds due to them having feathers. What do you think of this?
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No, it's the other way around: birds are considered a group of dinosaurs descending from a group of feathered coelurosaurs, the maniraptorans. Birds and some of these maniraptorans (for instance the group containing Velociraptor) have a common dinosaurian ancestor which might have been capable of flight, making velociraptor only secondarily flightless...
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It had a veloci-drumstick, or "dromeostick," before kaputzing?
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Yep, looks like it ...
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I wonder if it had it with plum sauce.
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Plum sauce does not fossilized well... so we will never know!
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What about the salt concentrations and MSG levels?
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May be somebody should make a study... This is surely a Nature paper! ;)
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You have access to Nature?
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