Fun Gobipteryx Facts For Kids

Moumita Dutta
Oct 20, 2022 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Mar 24, 2022
Edited by Luca Demetriou
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Kids love to read facts about Gobipteryx.

Gobipteryx is a genus from the Late Cretaceous period. Along with skulls and other fossilized bones, paleontologists have been able to discover embryonic fossils, which help us know about the evolution of the species.

The first specimens were found during the Polish-Mongolian Paleontological Expedition led by Dr Teresa Maryańska in 1971. And, in 1994, further expeditions were done to uncover fossils which led to its classification as a part of the enantiornithes.

Gobipteryx Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Gobipteryx'?

The name is pronounced as 'Go-bip-teh-riks'.

What type of dinosaur was a Gobipteryx?

The Gobipteryx is actually taken to be a prehistoric bird and is considered to be a part of the enantiornithes bird family.

In which geological period did the Gobipteryx roam the Earth?

It was found in the Late Cretaceous period.

When did Gobipteryx become Extinct?

It may have gone Extinct about 72 million years ago as the Campanian Age ended.

Where did a Gobipteryx live?

The Gobipteryx fossils were first found in 1971 in an area that is now the Gobi Desert of Central Asia.

What was Gobipteryx's habitat?

Like other birds of that time, the Gobipteryx would have lived in an avian habitat.

Who did Gobipteryx live with?

Not much is known about the other animals or flying birds that were present alongside Gobiprteryx.

How long did a Gobipteryx live?

There's hasn't been enough specimens found to determine its lifespan.

How did they reproduce?

An interesting thing about the Golipteryx is that fossilized eggs of this species have been found along with embryonic bird skeletons. In total, seven specimens were recovered to help understand young birds. No direct descendants of this species are known, but the Gobipteryx might not have been a rare species.

Gobipteryx Fun Facts

What did a Gobipteryx look like?

From the fossils found, it's estimated that this was a small bird with a tapered skull and a toothless beak. However, other than the description of the bones, not much is known about the overall appearance or the color of their feathers.

Gobipteryx can show us the evolution of modern birds.



How many bones did a Gobipteryx have?

The exact number of bones isn't known, but during different expeditions, damaged skulls and postcranial fossils were found.

How did they communicate?

It probably communicated by making sounds.

How big was a Gobipteryx?

The Gobipteryx has been said to have grown to potentially the size of a partridge which is around 11-12.5 in (28-32 cm). Compared to it, the Caudipteryx zoui had a size of around 2.5 ft (78 cm.)

How fast could a Gobipteryx move?

We don't know much about it, but it definitely could fly. A normal trait of it was to fly soon after hatching.

How much did a Gobipteryx weigh?

There's no information about the possible weight of this species.

What were the male and female names of the species?

There were no separate names.

What would you call a baby Gobipteryx?

A baby would have been called a hatchling.

What did they eat?

The Golipteryx was possibly carnivorous or insectivorous.

How aggressive were they?

Not much is known about the aggression in this species.

Did You Know...

The generic name is taken from the Gobi Desert.


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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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