Newly discovered dinosaur a 'fluffy feathered poodle from hell'
The researchers said the fast-running meat-eater was about 1.8 metres long but, although covered with large, quill-like feathers on its wings and long tail, it was unlikely to be able to fly.
Named Zhenyuanlong suni, it is the largest-known dinosaur with wings and lived about 125 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period.
University of Edinburgh palaeontologist Steve Brusatte suggests that Zhenyuanlong could have been descended from a flying ancestor, which is why it still has wings.
The dinosaur was a member of a group of dinosaurs called raptors closely related to birds, it was a cousin of Velociraptor.
"Zhenyuanlong was a dinosaur that really looked like a bird," Brusatte, who collaborated with Chinese palaeontologist Junchang Lü, told Reuters. "You wouldn't think of it differently than a turkey or an emu or a big chicken."
John Pickrell, author of Flying Dinosaurs, writes about the fossil-rich northeastern region of China in the next issue of Cosmos magazine.