Temporal range: Early Creataceous
An artist's illustration of Sinosauropteryx prima
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Theropoda
Family: Compsognathidae
Genus: Sinosauropteryx prima
Ji & Ji, 1996
Type species
Sinosauropteryx prima
Ji & Ji, 1996
Sinosauropteryx was a small theropod dinosaur that lived in the Yixian Formation of China. It was the first dinosaur to be discovered with evidence of feathers, (which were more like fuzz rather than feathers of moder birds) and the first dinosaur for which color was partially determined. This was achieved by examining shapes of preserved melanosomes on one of the dinosaur's fossils, and it was revealed that Sinosauropteryx appeared to be russet-colored, with light gray stripes on the tail. Otherwse, Sinosauropteryx appears to be a typical theropod dinosaur, with shore forearms and a long tail.

Sinosauropteryx's color scheme

In the Media

  • Sinosauropteryx Appeared in PBS's Nova Four Winged Dinosaur.
  • It also appeared in a National Geographic Documentary Dinomorphosis.
  • It also featured In a 2007 Documentary Mammals Vs Dinos: The Rise of Mammals. The same model was used in a National Geographic Documentary Life After Dinosaurs.