Scientists announced details of a newly-discovered dinosaur that was more than a bit like the dragons of legend.
|The holotype of the large-bodied, short-armed Liaoning dromaeosaurid Zhenyuanlong suni|
That unkind assessment comes from the fact that Zhenyuanlong suni, as the creature has been named, appears to have been over 160cm long, but to have had arms not much bigger than the other chicken-sized members of the feathered dinosaur family found in China's Liaoning Province.
|Artist's impression of Zhenyuanlong suni (University of Edinburgh: Chuang Zhao)|
While Zhenyuanlong suni's feathers were extensive - Dr Steve Brusatte from the University of Edinburgh's School of GeoSciences describes them as “ quill pen feathers … just like an eagle or a vulture” - the dino's small arms mean it probably couldn't fly with a flapping motion, if at all. The dino also had a long, feathered, tail, a pronounced crest, a hairy body and decent teeth, an unusual combination that led Brusatte to give it the “fluffy feathered poodle from hell” label.