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New species of feather-winged dinosaur unearthed in China
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New species of feather-winged dinosaur unearthed in China

This is an image provided by University of Edinburgh taken in Jinzhou, China, in 2014 and released on Thursday July 16, 2015 of the fossil of a new species of dinosaur named Zhenyuanlong suni. A nearly complete, new feather-winged dinosaur fossil has been unearthed in China, busting the Hollywood version of their cousins' look as portrayed in the Jurassic Park movie series. The new species named Zhenyuanlong suni is a close cousin of the famous dinosaur predator Velociraptor in the Jurassic Park movies. (Steve Brusatte/University of Edinburgh via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

LONDON (AP) — A nearly complete, new dinosaur fossil has been unearthed in China, the first in its family to have unusually short feathered wings.

The new species named Zhenyuanlong suni is a close cousin of the dinosaur predator Velociraptor.

Scientists said the new addition, which lived around 125 million years ago, had multiple layers of dense feathers covering both its wings and tail. Experts, however, believe the feathers are more for display instead of flying.

Steve Brusatte, of the University of Edinburgh, co-authored the study published online Thursday in Scientific Reports. He said the newly discovered dinosaur “looks just like a bird … just like an eagle or a vulture.”

The skeleton was discovered in the western part of Liaoning Province in China where the first feathered dinosaurs were found.

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