Microraptor gui
"Microraptor gui"
Stretched canvas

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5,710 pixels (19.0") high
7,704 pixels (25.6") wide
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A split second after launching itself from a tree, a tiny dromaeosaur named Microraptor gui begins spreading its feathered limbs. Whether or not it is an evolutionary "missing link" between dinosaurs and birds, one thing is fairly certain: it could glide through the air like a flying squirrel.

Vital Statistics

Genus Name: Microraptor ("small raider")
Type Species: * M. zhaoianus (Ji Q., Currie, Norell &
  Ji S., 1998)
Length: 3 feet (0.9 meter)
Weight: about 10 pounds
Time: 128-124 million years ago (Early Cretaceous)
Place: China (Liaoning Province)
Diet: meat-eater (carnivore)

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