Late Jurassic–Present, 167–0 Ma Possible Early Jurassic record
|Skeleton cast of Falcarius utahensis|
Metornithes Perle et al., 1993
Many paleontologists believe birds evolved from them some 150 or so million years ago. Hence, according to phylogenetic taxonomy, birds are by definition maniraptors, and the other maniraptors are their closest relatives. It is now known, from the Jehol biota, that many or all of this clade had feathers. They are often called dinobirds.