Protarchaeopteryx (meaning "before Archaeopteryx") is a genus of turkey-sized feathered theropod dinosaur from China.
Known from the Jianshangou bed of the Yixian Formation, it lived during the early Aptian age of the Early Cretaceous, approximately 124.6 MYA.
It was probably an herbivore or omnivore, although its hands were very similar to those of small carnivorous dinosaurs. It appears to be one of the most basal members of the Oviraptorosauria, closely related to or synonymous with Incisivosaurus.
In Walking with... seriesEdit
- Protarchaeopteryx does not appear in the original WWD nor its specials and spin-offs. It was just mentioned and described in the related book The Complete Guide To Prehistoric Life.