Feathered Dinosaurs

Primitive birds used four wings for flight

The fossil of a Sapeornis bird that was not believed to have hind feathers until now. Some primitive birds used four wings. Photo: AFP

Previous research had uncovered the existence of bird-like dinosaurs with hind limb feathers, but evidence has remained slim in birds, which are widely believed to have evolved from dinosaurs.

Sunday, 17 March, 2013, 7:29am

T. Rex's cousin had feathers

An early cousin of the tyrannosaurus grew to the size of a bus but was covered in fur-like feathers like those found on chickens, according to fossils unearthed by palaeontologists in northeast China.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Scientist puts his finger on a dinosaur with one digit

A scientist from Hong Kong has revealed how he literally stumbled over a new species of carnivorous dinosaur during an expedition on the mainland.

It is the first dinosaur known with only one finger on each forelimb.

14 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Money drives the hunt for fossils

China produces most of the world's dinosaur fossils and almost every province has some excavation sites.

Geographic advantages, such as Yunnan's red sediments, contribute to such high productivity, but there is another, probably more important reason for China's leading role - money.

3 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Soaring Dinosaurs - Chinese Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life

Features about 200 fossils of dinosaurs, ancient animals and plants unearthed on the mainland, including feathered dinosaurs unique to Liaoning province. Mon-Wed, Fri, 1pm-9pm, Sat-Sun, 10am-9pm, closed Thu, HK Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Rd, TST, HK$45 (free on Wed). Inquiries: 2732 3232. Ends Nov 25

24 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Bone crazy

To lend or not to lend? That has always been the big question for mainland museums that want to lend their dinosaur fossils but worry that they may be damaged in transit.

27 May 2007 - 12:00am

On the trail of a winged dinosaur

In January, the telephone rang non-stop in Xu Xing's cluttered office at the Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Palaeo-anthropology in Beijing.

Reporters from Europe, Japan, the US and Brazil called wanting to talk about the 'four-winged dinosaur' he had helped discover.

6 May 2003 - 12:00am

Self-made dinosaur expert on mission to protect China's fossils

Zhang Wanlian wants more action against illegal digging and exports

Ten years ago, reporter Zhang Wanlian was assigned by the Chaoyang Daily to report on life along the Daling river and its tributaries that flow through a hilly part of Liaoning province.

From 1990 to 1992, he toured the area on a bicycle, visiting more than 100 villages in 15 counties.

5 May 2003 - 12:00am

Dino dinner

Look at this lovely dinosaur. Tonight I am going to have it for dinner,' says Xu Xing, a Chinese palaeontologist, as he points to a chicken. But Dr Xu hasn't completely lost his marbles, though some orthodox ornothologists might think so. He is among a growing band of palaeontologists in China and beyond who believe that chickens, and all other birds, are directly descended from dinosaurs.

1 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain ... all will be explained

Is the raptor in the movie Jurassic Park a real dinosaur? It is actually based on the velociraptor. The velociraptor was a carnivore also known as the 'speedy thief'. It was about two metres long, one metre tall and may have weighed seven to 15 kilograms.

28 May 1999 - 12:00am