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Microraptor gui Dromaeosauridae 'little robber'

At 77 cm long, this is one of the smallest known adult theropods. It had advanced pennaceous (contour feathers) flight feathers on its arms and legs, and the reptilian tail also had a fan of broad feathers, becoming larger towards the tip of the tail. The hip joints precluded a flapping motion, have too little mobility, so it was probably a glider. It has been suggested it was a predator of small prey such as insects and other small animals that glided between trees, either to escape predators or to find prey.

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John A. Long & Peter Schouten, Feathered Dinosaurs, the Origin of Birds, SCIRO Publishing, 2008

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