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Confuciusornis and other feathered beasts
Please forgive me if this has been discussed to death sometime in the past.
I tried to search the archives for this topic, but had no luck.
I note that "The Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs" refers to Confuciusornis as a
'toothless bird'. In other places, I read that it is a feathered dinosaur (I
assume this means non-avian dinosaur). Could someone tell me if
Confuciusornis (as well as Caudipteryx and Protoarchaeopteryx) are
considered "non-avian feathered dinosaurs" by dinosaur paleontologists. I'm
assuming Sinosauropteryx is unequivocally a non-avian dinosaur with some kind
of feathers. Right?
Also, does anyone know if those "new" ankylosaurs from Utah have been named
yet? The article I dug up on the Internet said they would be named for some
of the people on the dig -- but doesn't say what the names will be.
This is for my dinosaur book for kids -- where I briefly mention recent finds
of new dinosaurs. And, in a different section, discuss why birds are
considered dinosaurs. I don't want to lead the poor kids astray .
Thanks for any help,
Barbara Saffer, Ph.D. (science writer)