Microraptor was a carnivore. It lived in the Cretaceous period and inhabited Asia. Its fossils have been found in places such as Hebei (China), Inner Mongolia (China) and Liaoning (China).

Quick facts about Microraptor:

  • Existed from Barremian Age to Aptian Age
  • Lived in a terrestrial habitat
  • Was a carnivore
  • Reproduced by laying eggs
  • 10 different specimens have been found by paleontologists

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

Microraptor was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • M. A. Norell and Q. Ji. 2002. 'Modern' feathers on a non-avian dinosaur. Nature 416:36-37
  • D. Hu and L. Li. 2011. A new enantiornithine bird from the Lower Cretaceous of western Liaoning, China. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31(1):154-161
  • K.-Q. Gao and D. T. Ksepka. 2007. Cranial morphology of an Early Cretaceous monjurosuchid (Reptilia: Diapsida) from Liaoning Province of China and evolution of the choristoderan palate. Historical Biology 19(3):215-224