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SERIKORNIS

a feathered paravian theropod dinosaur from the Late Jurassic of China.
Serikornis sungei
Pronunciation: SAY-ree-KOR-niss
Meaning: Silk bird
Author/s: Lefèvre et al. (2017)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Liaoning Province, China
Chart Position: 809

Serikornis sungei

[Sun Ge's silk bird]Etymology
Serikornis is derived from the Greek "serikos" (silk) and "ornis" (bird), because its body is almost entirely covered with downy (plumulaceous) feathers just like a modern breed of domestic chickens known as "silkies". The species epithet, sungei, honours Chinese palaeontologist Sun Ge—curator of the Paleontological Museum of Liaoning—"for his contribution to our knowledge of Jurassic and Cretaceous ecosystems in Asia".
Discovery
The remains of Serikornis were discovered in the Tiaojishan Formation at Daxishan village, Linglongta, Jianchang County, Liaoning Province, China. The holotype (PMOL-AB00200) is the articulated skeleton of a sub-adult individual, around 50cm in length, with associated feathery structures preserved on a slab. The counterpart is missing, but most of the skeleton is preserved on the main slab, including the skull which is mainly shattered. The holotypes of Xiaotingia zhengi, Anchiornis huxleyi, and perhaps Aurornis xui (which may be synonymous with the latter) were found in the same area.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Jurassic
Stage: Oxfordian
Age range: 161-156 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 0.6 meters
Est. max. hip height: 0.2 meters
Est. max. weight: 4 Kg
Diet: Carnivore
Family Tree
Serikornis
sungei
• Ulysse Lefèvre, Andrea Cau, Aude Cincotta, Dongyu Hu, Anusuya Chinsamy, François Escuillié and Pascal Godefroit (2017) "A new Jurassic theropod from China documents a transitional step in the macrostructure of feathers". The Science of Nature 104:74 (advance online publication)
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To cite this page:
Atkinson, L. "SERIKORNIS :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
›. Web access: 21st Sep 2017.
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