Protoavis

Protoavis texensis

  • Pronounced:  Pro - toe - A - viss

  • Diet:  Carnivore (Meat-Eater)

  • Name Means:  First Bird

  • Length:  Unknown

  • Height:  Unknown

  • Weight:  less than 1 pound (350 g)

  • Time:  Late Triassic 215 MYA

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Southwest U.S.

Some scientists think that Protoavis was the first bird, others believe that the fossils associated with this species are actually several specimens mixed together.

This little creature is known only from the incomplete remains of two individuals. Just enough was found to make some scientists believe that this animal may be at the base of the bird family tree.

Scientists are in the process of comparing the remains of Protoavis with other well-known theropod, such as Troodon  and are comparing similarities and differences. It has also been suggested that Protoavis is not closely associated with birds, but rather that this small creature may have been a very early theropod.



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