6 May 2017

At ... we have a new species of troodontid with what appears to be an asymmetric feather construct, found in China. It looks a bit like a large pheasant, although the investigators liken it to a chicken. The research is published in Nature Communications (May 2017) and the specimen is dated at 125 million years ago. It seems to be a bird that may have been able to fly - but this has not been verified certainly. It may have flown in short bursts like a modern pheasant. Do chickens fly? It is also described as a bird like dinosaur and had a mouth full teeth (quite unlike pheasants and chickens or any other bird).