Image: Sinosauropteryx fossil

Sinosauropteryx fossil

Sinosarupteryx prima fossil (cast). China, Early Cretaceous, 130 - 125 million years ago.

Carl Bento
© Australian Museum


The discovery of Sinosauropteryx prima in 1996 was one of the most important fossil finds of the century. It was the first non-avian dinosaur found with feather-like structures, providing further evidence for the link between dinosaurs and birds. Its name means 'first Chinese lizard wing'.

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Tags non-avian dinosaur, China, Early Cretaceous, feathered, theropod, Compsognathidae,