Temporal range: Middle or Late Triassic
Longisquama by NTamura.jpg
A restoration of Longisquama insignis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Family: incertae sedis
Genus: Longisquama
Sharov, 1970
Type species
Longisquama insignis
Sharov, 1970

General facts

Longisquama is an Avicephalan from early Triassic Kyrgyzstan.  Scientists today believe that Longisquama is not directly linked to the evolution of feathers due to the structures on its back actually being elongated scales.


Longisquama insignis is an extinct lizard-like reptile with feather-like structures extending from their backs, though different specimens have been found with different amounts of these appendages.

Popular Culture

Dinosaur-disneyscreencaps com-194