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).
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.
is a genus of microraptorine dromaeosaurid
dinosaur that lived in China
during the early Cretaceous. The holotype individual of Wulong
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
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.
- 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.