Name: Protopteryx ‭(‬first wing‭)‬.
Phonetic: Pro-top-teh-riks.
Named By: F.‭ ‬Zhang‭ & ‬Z.‭ ‬Zhou‭ ‬-‭ ‬2000.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Enantiornithes,‭ ‬Protopterygidae, Protopterygiformes.
Species: P.‭ ‬fengningensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Uncertain.
Size: Body Length about‭ ‬10‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: China‭ ‬-‭ ‬Huajiying Formation.
Time period: Barremian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Almost complete specimen preserved on a slab.

       Protopteryx is a genus of enantiornithine bird that lived in Asia during the early Cretaceous.‭ ‬An interesting note about Protopteryx is that it is among the most primitive enantiornithine birds known to live in the early Cretaceous.‭ ‬Protopteryx was very small,‭ ‬only about ten centimetres from head to tail‭ (‬excluding the feathers‭)‬.‭ ‬Protopteryx was almost certainly flight capable,‭ ‬and likely flew amongst the trees in the dense forested areas of early Cretaceous China.‭ ‬Protopteryx is also noted for having two elongated feathers that grew from the tail.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A primitive enantiornithine bird and the origin of feathers.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Science‭ ‬290:1955-1959.‭ ‬-‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Zhang‭ & ‬Z.‭ ‬Zhou‭ ‬-‭ ‬2000.
- On the horizon of Protopteryx and the early vertebrate fossil assemblages of the Jehol Biota. - Chinese Science Bulletin. 53 (18): 2820–2827. - Fan Jin, FuCheng Zhang, ZhiHeng Li, JiangYong Zhang, Chun Li & ZhongHe Zhou - 2008.


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