Puneet Varma

Caudipteridae

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Kingdom  Animalia
Clade  Dinosauria
Suborder  Theropoda
Higher classification  Oviraptorosauria
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Saurischia
Clade  ‚ĆOviraptorosauria
Rank  Family
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Similar  Caudipteryx, Dinosaur, Theropods, Oviraptorosauria, Saurischia

Caudipteridae is a family of oviraptorosaurian dinosaurs known from the Early Cretaceous of China. Found in the Yixian and Jiufotang Formations, the group existed between 125-120 million years ago. Distinguishing characteristics of this group have been indicated as including a unique dagger-shaped pygostyle (the bone at the tip of the tail in birds, used to anchor a "fan" of feathers). No clade definition has been given.

The first caudipterid described was Caudipteryx zoui (named in 1998), though the family itself was not named until the discovery of a second species, Caudipteryx dongi, in 2000. Caudipteridae was restricted to the single genus Caudipteryx and was therefore monotypic, containing only a single type and often considered redundant. However, in 2008 Similicaudipteryx yixianensis was described and classified as a caudipterid.

References

Caudipteridae Wikipedia


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