STL Science Center

STL Science Center

08 March 2014


©Matt Martyniuk
Jinfengopteryx was more troodontid than it was bird. However, it was every bit of a "dino-bird"in its feathering and general body shape. The retrices of Jinfengopteryx were fairly long, like those of a Black-billed Magpie or a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. This recreation of the small troodontid shows that that wonderful tail in all its glory; it almost looks like a small bantam rooster. Notable exceptions of course are the clawed wings, recurved toe claws, and teeth (not visible here). The color scheme in this version of the illustration is different from that presented in Martyniuk's Field Guide; however, it is actually a slightly more colorful interpretation that is seen here as opposed to the book. Regardless, the bird-like posture is certainly recognizable and the wonderful little "dino-bird" comes to life very nicely.

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