Phonetic: Zong-je-an-o-sore-us
Named By: X.‭ ‬Xu‭ & ‬Z.-C.‭ ‬Qin‭ ‬-‭ ‬2017.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Dromaeosauridae,‭ ‬Microraptoria.
Species: Z.‭ ‬yangi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore/Insectivore/Omnivore‭?
Size: X
Known locations: China‭ ‬-‭ ‬Yixian Formation.
Time period: Early Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial skeleton.

       Zhongjianosaurus was a very small genus of microraptoran dromaeosaurid dinosaur,‭ ‬no bigger than many of today‭’‬s birds.‭ ‬Zhongjianosaurus is simply one of a growing number of dromaeosaurid dinosaurs known to have existed in the same location and approximate time as one another.‭ ‬These discoveries have led to further study to the Yixian Formation where their fossils were found,‭ ‬revealing that the dinosaurs in this part of the world were living in a densely forested area.‭ ‬In the case of Zhongjianosaurus the small size of this dinosaur points to a potentially arboreal‭ (‬tree dwelling‭) ‬lifestyle,‭ ‬possibly with the ability to glide from one tree to the next.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new tiny dromaeosaurid dinosaur from the Lower Cretaceous Jehol Group of western Liaoning and niche differentiation among the Jehol dromaeosaurids.‭ ‬Vertebrata PalAsiatica‭ ‬55‭(‬2‭)‬:129-144.‭ ‬-‭ ‬X.‭ ‬Xu‭ & ‬Z.-C.‭ ‬Qin‭ ‬-‭ ‬2017.


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