Liaoxiornis

About the size of a hummingbird, Liaoxiornis was the smallest bird from the Cretaceous. Its feet could grasp a branch, so it could perch—most of the other early birds could not do this.

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THE LIAONING FOREST

The area teemed with life. Trees and ground plants such as horsetails and ferns covered the land. The first flowering plants were just appearing, too.

CAUDIPTERYX

Discovered in 1998, this birdlike dinosaur had long feathers on its arms and tail. Unable to fly, its feathers may have been used to attract mates, like birds today, or to frighten rivals away.

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SINOSAUROPTERYX

With its back and tail covered in a coat of featherlike filaments up to 1^2 in (4 cm) long, Sinosauropteryx proved that not all dinosaurs had reptilian, scaly skin.

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SINOSAUROPTERYX

With its back and tail covered in a coat of featherlike filaments up to 1^2 in (4 cm) long, Sinosauropteryx proved that not all dinosaurs had reptilian, scaly skin.

Liaoxiornis Dinosaur

DID YOU KNOW?

The Liaoning forest would have echoed to the clicks of cicadas, the croaks of frogs, and the buzz of ■ dragonflies. Their fossils—and many more—have all been found there.

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