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Diorama Species List

Beipaosaurus inexpectus
feathered dinosaur that, unlike its relatives, probably ate plants

Microraptor gui
unusual feathered dinosaur with winglike structure on hind limbs

Caudipteryx zoui
first nonavian dinosaur found with modern feathers

Sinosauropteryx prima
first nonavian dinosaur found with feathers

Sinornithosaurus millenii
feathered dinosaur closely related to Velociraptor

Psittacosaurus sinensis
small plant-eating dinosaur that apparently lived in flocks when young

Liaoningosaurus paradoxus
smallest-known armored dinosaur

Dilong paradoxus
early tyrannosaur with primitive feathers

Mei long
fossil of this tiny birdlike dinosaur was found in a sleeping position

Birds:

Confuciusornis sanctus
earliest-known toothless beaked bird

Sapeornis chaoyangensis
largest-known Mesozoic bird

Liaoningornis longidigitris
early flying bird

Longipteryx chaoyangensis
early bird that apparently ate fish

Other reptiles:

Hyphalosaurus lingyuanensis
long-necked aquatic reptile

Monjurosuchus splendens
aquatic reptile that preyed on other animals

Manchurochelys liaoxiensis
turtle

Haopterus gracilis
long-snouted flying reptile (pterosaur)

Jeholopterus ningchengensis
flying reptile (pterosaur) covered in a fuzz of thin fibers

Sinopterus dongi
crested flying reptile (pterosaur)

Fish:

Peipiaosteus pani
fish related to modern sturgeon

Lycoptera
fish similar to modern herring

Sinamia
primitive fish

Amphibians:

Callobatrachus sanyanensis
frog closely related to modern frogs

Jeholotriton paradoxus
gilled salamander

Mammals:

Jeholodens jenkinsi
early mammal

Eomaia scansoria
earliest-known modern mammal

Repenomamus giganticus
largest-known Mesozoic mammal

Arthropods:

Palaepangonius eupterus
type of fly that was an early pollinating insect

Araneae
orb weaver spider

Ephemeropsis trisetalis
mayfly

Gerridae
large water strider

Cicadidae
cicada and cicada molts

Neuroptera
lacewing

Conchostraca
small, shelled crustacean

Blattodea
cockroach

Dermestidae
beetle that fed on dead animals

Aeschnidium heishankowense
dragonfly

Palaeocambarus licenti
crayfish

Plants:

Archaefructus
one of the earliest-known flowering plants

Equisetum
horsetail

Ephedra
shrub similar to those found in arid American west

Xiajiajienia
fern that closely resembles modern ferns

Tyrmia
small tree that may have been a major food source for plant-eating dinosaurs

Czekanowskia
unusual tree with long needlelike leaves

Pityocladus densifolius
tree similar to modern pines

Pityocladus jianshangouensis
tree similar to modern pines

Ginkgo
tree closely related to modern ginkgos

Rehezemites
member of the bennettite family of plants, which went extinct 85 million years ago

Brachyphyllum
very primitive cone-bearing plant

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