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Caihong
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Skull
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
clade: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Family: Paraves
Genus: Caihong
Hu et al., 2018
Type species
Caihong juji
Hu et al., 2018
Caihong-reconstruction

Life reconstruction of Caihong juji

Caihong (Japanese:彩虹; English: Rainbow) is a genus of small paravian dinosaur from China that lived during the Late Jurassic period.[1] This particular dinosaur can be distinguished from closely related genera such as Eosinopteryx and Anchiornis by the presence of prominent lacrimal crests, longer pennaceous feathers on the forelimbs and backlimbs and tail feathers with large asymmetrical vanes.[1] Analysis of the nanostructures of the fossils interpreted as melanosomes show similarity to the same organelles that produce bright iridescent colors in extant birds, making this one of the oldest known evidence of such a feature.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 (2018) "A bony-crested Jurassic dinosaur with evidence of iridescent plumage highlights complexity in early paravian evolution". Nature Communications 9: Article number 217. DOI:10.1038/s41467-017-02515-y. 
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