Dinosaur link to birdsWASHINGTON—Two fossil species with distinctive feather imprints and many dinosaur features were unveiled at a news briefing at the National Geographic Society. Also on display was an artist’s reconstruction of one of the creatures.

The two animals were discovered in the rich fossil beds of China’s Liaoning Province, the source of other major discoveries in recent years. More than 120 million years old, they add considerable weight to support the thinking of most paleontologists today: Birds are dinosaurs.

The discoveries are reported in the July NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine, and the animals are described in the June 25 issue of Nature in an article by Ji Qiang and Ji Shuan of China, Philip Currie of Canada and Mark Norell of the United States.

The two new species will be on display as part of a collection of fossils from Liaoning at the National Geographic Society’s Explorers Hall museum in Washington, D.C. from June 24 through July 26, 1998. Or you can view our QuickTime QTVR model online. (You will need QuickTime 3.0.)

Don’t miss our feature Dinosaur Eggs and our May 1997 press event, Birdlike Dinosaur Discovered in Argentina, for related information.

Read an interview by nationalgeographic.com’s Ted Chamberlain with paleontologist Ji Qiang.

Full Press Release
who  Ji Qiang, National Geological Museum, China
Philip Currie, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, Alberta
Mark Norell, American Museum of Natural History, New York
when  Tuesday, June 23, 1998, 10:30 a.m. ET
Contacts  Listen to the audio. (You’ll need RealAudio.™)