|“||It's a tiny dinosaur called Microraptor, a dinosaur with four wings.||„|
| — Allen, describing Microraptor|
Microraptor (name meaning "Small Thief") is a genus of small, four-winged dromaeosaurid dinosaur that originated during the Early Cretaceous period in what is now Asia. Measuring only a meter long, it fed on Insects and other small creatures. It had to be wary of the chance of being crushed by larger dinosaurs, such as Borealosaurus.
Among the primary animals needed for the park, a small group of Microraptor was brought back to the park from Early Cretaceous China 125 million years ago in the episode "Dinobirds". Due to their small size, they are one of the few animals that do not have an enclosure and are allowed to roam free.
Era & DiscoveryEdit
Microraptor lived in China during the Early Cretaceous period from 130–120 million years ago. They shared their environments with many pterosaurs, as well as dinosaurs like Incisivosaurus, Mei long, and the mighty sauropod dinosaurs Borealosaurus. Since their discovery in 2003, some Microraptor fossils have been found in China.
One of the most bizarre dinosaurs ever discovered, Microraptor was a tiny dinosaur with four wings; two on each arm and two on both their legs, as well as a feathery tail. Standing about 77 centimeters tall and measuring only 2–3 feet long, Microraptor was among one of the smallest dinosaurs ever known. Like all dromaeosaurs, Microraptor also had a sickle-shaped claw on its foot.
Behavior & TraitsEdit
Forests were good places for these dinosaurs to live in. Even though they had feathers, Microraptor couldn't fly like modern birds. Instead, they could only glide like the flying squirrels. But like modern birds and squirrels, they did live in treetops.
These dinosaurs were fantastically acrobatic. They also lived in quite large numbers. Whenever they glided, they called to one-another and glided in one direction. Even though they could not do power flight, however, they were superb gliders. They followed giant sauropods, like Borealosaurus. When they left footprints, they were deep enough to expose insects, which is what Microraptor fed on.
These small dinosaurs were faster than humans. They could use their claws like grappling irons and shin up trees like squirrels, but they couldn't take off from the ground like birds. They needed a launch platform.
- Microraptor is the smallest dinosaur brought to the park.
- The sound effects of Microraptor are that of birds and monkey-like sound effects.