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New Breed Of Raptor Discovered In China (5 pics)

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  • 21 Jul, 2015  |
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A new breed of Raptor was recently discovered thanks to some fossils in China. As if raptors weren't already terrifying enough, this one had feathers.

1 New Breed Of Raptor Discovered In China (5 pics)

A new large species of raptor was uncovered in the Liaoning Province of China by a local farmer. The Liaoning Province is a hotbed for raptor fossils. This raptor has been named Zhenyuanlong suni and was about 5 feet in length. In case you want to learn a little Chinese, the ‘long’ in this raptor’s name means ‘dragon’.


2 New Breed Of Raptor Discovered In China (5 pics)

The fossilized skeleton was incredibly well preserved and was covered in dense feathers. Zhenyuanlong is one of the largest specimens discovered to have feathers and suggests that the diversity of feathered dinosaurs is higher than previously thought.


3 New Breed Of Raptor Discovered In China (5 pics)

“This new dinosaur is one of the closest cousins of Velociraptor, but it looks just like a bird,” says Stephen Brussatte, one of the researchers who analyzed the fossils. Even with the wings, the researchers don’t think this raptor could fly but it perfectly illustrates the evolutionary transition from dinosaurs to birds.


4 New Breed Of Raptor Discovered In China (5 pics)

And of course, Zhenyuanlong had the iconic raptor claw.


5 New Breed Of Raptor Discovered In China (5 pics)


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№1 Author: Aenerion (21 Jul 2015 01:45) Total user comments: 59


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"As if raptors weren't already terrifying enough, this one had feathers."

eerrrr.... all raptors and a lot of dinosaurs had?
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№2 Author: Tomaz86 (21 Jul 2015 15:34) Total user comments: 10835


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Interesting.
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№3 Author: Phynix4 (21 Jul 2015 23:58) Total user comments: 5461


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interesting if they can verify that those were actually feathers....
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