Name: Serikornis ‭(‬Silk bird‭)‬.
Phonetic: Seh-rik-or-niss.
Named By: U.‭ ‬Lefèvre,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Cau,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Cincotta,‭ ‬D.-Y.‭ ‬Hu,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Chinsamy,‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Escuillié‭ & ‬P.‭ ‬Godefroit‭ ‬-‭ ‬2017.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Anchiornithidae.
Species: S.‭ ‬sungei‭ (‬type‭).
Diet: Insectivore‭?
Size: Unavailable.
Known locations: China,‭ ‬Liaoning Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Tiaojishan Formation.
Time period: Late Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Single complete specimen preserved on a slab with feather impressions.

       Serikornis is a genus of small anchiornithid dinosaur that lived in China during the late Jurassic.‭ ‬The holotype individual of Serikornis clearly shows the extent of feathers covering the body of this small dinosaur.‭ ‬What is surprising though is how much these feathers varied in relation to different parts of the body.‭ ‬A downy feather covering seemed to cover everything except extremities such as feet,‭ ‬fingers and snout.‭ ‬Strongly vaned feathers grew from the arms and legs,‭ ‬while wisp like bundles grew from the neck.‭ ‬The skeletal structure and reconstructed build of Serikornis however show that this dinosaur was most likely a ground dwelling animal.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new Jurassic theropod from China documents a transitional step in the macrostructure of feathers.‭ ‬-‭ ‬The Science of Nature‭ ‬104:74.‭ ‬-‭ ‬U.‭ ‬Lefèvre,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Cau,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Cincotta,‭ ‬D.-Y.‭ ‬Hu,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Chinsamy,‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Escuillié‭ & ‬P.‭ ‬Godefroit‭ ‬-‭ ‬2017.


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