What Kind of Dinosaur Was a Microraptor?

A microraptor was a tiny, birdlike dinosaur with primitive features and wings on its arms and legs. This carnivorous dinosaur survived primarily on a diet of fish and small animals.

The microraptor, which means “small thief” in Greek, lived in the woodlands of Asia during the early Cretaceous period (roughly 130 to 125 million years ago). One of its most distinguishing features was its tiny size. This winged dinosaur measured only about 2 feet long and weighed 3 to 4 pounds.

Another unique characteristic of the microraptor was its wings. Similar to other birdlike dinosaurs, the microraptor had a set of wings on its forearms but also had another set on its hind legs. It is thought to have been more of a glider than a flier.