Anchiornis was a carnivore. It lived in the Jurassic period and inhabited Asia. Its fossils have been found in places such as Hebei (China).

Quick facts about Anchiornis:

  • Existed from Bathonian Age to Upper Jurassic Epoch
  • Lived in a terrestrial habitat
  • Was a carnivore
  • Reproduced by laying eggs
  • 3 different specimens have been found by paleontologists

All the Anchiornis illustrations below were collected from the internet. Enjoy and explore:

Anchiornis was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • D. Hu and L. Hou. 2009. A pre-Archaeopteryx troodontid theropod from China with long feathers on the metatarsus. Nature 461:640-643
  • X. Wang and A. W. A. Kellner. 2009. An unusual long-tailed pterosaur with elongated neck from western Liaoning of China. Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências 81(4):793-812
  • X. Xu and Q. Zhao. 2009. A new feathered maniraptoran dinosaur fossil that fills a morphological gap in avian origin. Chinese Science Bulletin 54(3):430-435