125-million-year-old Changyuraptor sheds light on dinosaur flight

21 Aug 2014 - 09:45

Palaeobiologist and Head of the Department of Biological Sciences, Prof. Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan was part of an international team that recently described a new four-winged predatory dinosaur from China called Changyuraptor. The fully grown dinosaur is one of just a handful of four-winged dinosaurs known and at about 1.3 m (from the tip of its snout to the end of the tail feathers) it has the distinction of being the largest.  It's remarkably long tail feathers (measuring about 30cm) is considered to have been important in assisting with flight and with safe landings.