Eosinopteryx feathered dinosaur offers clues on bird evolution

 24th January, 2013

A new species of dinosaur found in NE China has added further  evidence that feathers developed originally or uses other than flight.

The 30cm tall feathered Eosinopteryx  had a small wingspan and a bone structure that would have restricted its ability to flap its wings, together with toes suited to walking along the ground.

These factors combined with the lack of feathers on the tail and lower legs might suggest a life on the ground, perhaps using the flapping wings to increase running speed.

Eosinopteryx feathered dinosaur offers clues on bird evolution