Name: Wulong ‭(‬Danving dragon‭)‬.
Phonetic: Wu-long.
Named By: A.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬Poust,‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Gao,‭ ‬D.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Varricchio,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Wu‭ & ‬F.‭ ‬Zhang‭ ‬-‭ ‬2020.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Dromaeosauridae,‭ ‬Microraptora.
Species: W.‭ ‬bohaiensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Roughly about 75 centimetres long.
Known locations: China,‭ ‬Liaoning province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Jiufotang Formation.
Time period: Aptian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Almost complete juvenile individual preserved on a slab.‭

       Wulong is a genus of microraptorine dromaeosaurid dinosaur that lived in China during the early Cretaceous.‭ ‬The holotype individual of Wulong is of a juvenile,‭ ‬so a full adult size for this dinosaur is unknown at the time of writing.‭ ‬Other microraptorine dinosaurs however are usually smaller than‭ ‬other dromaeosaurid dinosaurs,‭ ‬and like these already,‭ ‬Wulong had a strongly developed feather covering.‭
       The holotype specimen of Wulong shows that‭ ‬the genus had hollow bones,‭ ‬perhaps as weight saving feature.‭ ‬This would fit in with the popular depiction of microraptorine dinosaurs being gliders,‭ ‬using their well-developed arm feathers to form wings so that they could glide from tree to tree in the forests of‭ ‬China during‭ ‬the early‭ ‬Cretaceous.‭ ‬Another notable feature of Wulong is the tail which accounts for over half of the total body length.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new microraptorine theropod from the Jehol Biota and growth in early dromaeosaurids.‭ ‬-‭ ‬A.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬Poust,‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Gao,‭ ‬D.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Varricchio,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Wu‭ & ‬F.‭ ‬Zhang‭ ‬-‭ ‬2020.


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