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Epidexipteryx hui, another of the small feathered Chinese dinosaurs, is a bit like Scansoriopteryx from a previous entry, with one major exception - it had only simple feathers, with no flight feathers whatsoever, except for four very long ribbon-like tail feathers. They were likely boldly patterned and used for display purposes, though given that we only have one fossil of this species, it's hard to say definitively. They, like Scansoriopteryx, had an elongated third finger, possibly for use in climbing or for reaching insects in small gaps and crevices in tree bark or rotting wood. The lack of flight feathers on the arms, however, suggests that this dinosaur wouldn't have been able to glide if it did climb up into the trees, while its relative may have done so. Instead, this animal may primarily have been a ground-dwelling species.

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Lauren Helton

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