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meaning: "foot feather"
Named By: X. Xu & F. Zhang in 2005
Time Period: Middle or Late Jurassic, 164 Ma
Location: China - Tiaojishan Formation
Size: Possibly up to 1 meter long
Diet: Carnivore/Insectivore
Fossil(s): At least one specimen
Classification: | Chordata | Reptilia | Dinosauria | Theropoda | Maniraptora | Deinonychosauria | Averaptora | Avialae |

Pedopenna (meaning "foot feather") is a genus of small, feathered, maniraptoran dinosaur from the Daohugou Beds in China. It is possibly older than Archaeopteryx, though the age of the Daohugou Beds where it was found is debated. A majority of studies suggest that beds probably date from between the late Middle Jurassic (168 million years ago) and early Late Jurassic Period (164-152 million years ago).

The name Pedopenna refers to the long pennaceous feathers on the metatarsus; daohugouensis refers to the locality of Daohugou, where the holotype was found. Pedopenna daohugouensis probably measured 1 meter (3 ft) or less in length, but since this species is only known from the hind legs, the actual length is difficult to estimate. Pedopenna was originally classified as a paravian, the group of maniraptoran dinosaurs that includes both deinonychosaurs and avialans (the lineage including modern birds), but some scientists have classified it as a true avialan more closely related to modern birds than to deinonychosaurs.

Read more about Pedopenna at Wikipedia
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