• The 6ft 6in (2m) creature was almost perfectly preserved in limestone, thanks to a volcanic eruption that had buried it in north-east China. And the 125-million year-old fossil suggests many other dinosaurs, including velociraptors, would have looked like “big, fluffy killer birds”. But it is unlikely that it could fly.
  • The dinosaur has been named Zhenyuanlong, meaning “Zhenyuan’s dragon” – in honour of the man who procured the fossil for the museum in Jinzhou, allowing it to be studied.
  • Even though it is a dinosaur, it looks exactly like a turkey or a vulture It has short arms, and it is covered in feathers with proper wings with layers of quill-pen feathers. Dr Brusatte notes: “China is the epicentre of palaeontology right now. There are [museum] storerooms full of new dinosaur fossils that have never been studied before. This is the most exciting time maybe in the history of palaeontology.”

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