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New species of troodontid with asymmetric feathers found in China


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(Phys.org)—A team of researchers from Hong Kong, China and Canada has identified a new species of Chinese troodontid—an ancient species that sported asymmetric feathers. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the team describes the specimen, which has been likened to a giant chicken with teeth, and why they believe the find extends the emergence of a certain trait further back in time.

 

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