• Publications
  • Influence
Four-winged dinosaurs from China
Although the dinosaurian hypothesis of bird origins is widely accepted, debate remains about how the ancestor of birds first learned to fly. Here we provide new evidence suggesting that basalExpand
  • 376
  • 41
  • PDF
Insight into diversity, body size and morphological evolution from the largest Early Cretaceous enantiornithine bird
Most of Mesozoic bird diversity comprises species that are part of one of two major lineages, namely Ornithurae, including living birds, and Enantiornithes, a major radiation traditionally referredExpand
  • 107
  • 25
  • PDF
Anatomy of the primitive bird Sapeornis chaoyangensis from the Early Cretaceous of Liaoning, China
Two new, nearly completely articulated skeletons of Sapeornis chaoyangensis provide much new information about the anatomy of this basal avian, particularly in the skull, pectoral girdle, forelimb,Expand
  • 152
  • 20
A beaked basal ornithurine bird (Aves, Ornithurae) from the Lower Cretaceous of China
We report here one of the earliest known beaked ornithurine birds from the Lower Cretaceous deposits in Liaoning, northeast China. The new basal ornithurine, Archaeorhynchus spathula gen. et sp.Expand
  • 87
  • 20
Insight into the evolution of avian flight from a new clade of Early Cretaceous ornithurines from China and the morphology of Yixianornis grabaui
In studies of the evolution of avian flight there has been a singular preoccupation with unravelling its origin. By contrast, the complex changes in morphology that occurred between the earliest formExpand
  • 135
  • 19
  • PDF
Early diversification of birds: Evidence from a new opposite bird
A new enantiornithine birdLongipteryx chaoyangensis gen. et sp. nov. is described from the Early Cretaceous Jiufotang Formation in Chaoyang, western Liaoning Province. This new bird isExpand
  • 115
  • 17
Mesozoic birds of China—a synoptic review
A synoptic review of the discoveries and studies of Chinese Mesozoic birds is provided in this paper. 40Ar/39Ar dating of several bird-bearing deposits in the Jehol Group has established aExpand
  • 100
  • 13
Jeholornis compared to Archaeopteryx, with a new understanding of the earliest avian evolution
The recently reported Jeholornis represents the only known bird with a complete long skeletal tail except for Archaeopteryx. Two newly discovered specimens referable to Jeholornis provide someExpand
  • 98
  • 12
  • PDF
Anatomy of the early cretaceous bird Eoenantiornis buhleri (Aves : Enantiornithes) from China
A detailed description of the anatomy, in particular of the skull, of Eoenantiornis is provided. This description reveals many morphological characters previously unknown for enantiornithine birds,Expand
  • 53
  • 12
A bizarre Jurassic maniraptoran from China with elongate ribbon-like feathers
Recent coelurosaurian discoveries have greatly enriched our knowledge of the transition from dinosaurs to birds, but all reported taxa close to this transition are from relatively well knownExpand
  • 135
  • 11
  • PDF