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The Origin and Diversification of Birds
Birds are one of the most recognizable and diverse groups of modern vertebrates. Over the past two decades, a wealth of new fossil discoveries and phylogenetic and macroevolutionary studies hasExpand
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A bizarre Jurassic maniraptoran theropod with preserved evidence of membranous wings
The wings of birds and their closest theropod relatives share a uniform fundamental architecture, with pinnate flight feathers as the key component. Here we report a new scansoriopterygid theropod,Expand
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A revision of enantiornithine (Aves: Ornithothoraces) skull morphology
Enantiornithines are the most speciose avian clade in the Mesozoic, with a fossil record that nearly spans the Cretaceous; however, with less than half of known taxa preserving skull material, ourExpand
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A new species of Jeholornis with complete caudal integument
The Early Cretaceous long bony-tailed bird Jeholornis prima displays characters both more basal than Archaeopteryx and more derived, exemplifying the mosaic distribution of advanced avian featuresExpand
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Anatomy of the Basal Ornithuromorph Bird Archaeorhynchus spathula from the Early Cretaceous of Liaoning, China
ABSTRACT As one of the earliest-known beaked ornithuromorph birds, Archaeorhynchus spathula is important for understanding the early evolution of this derived avian clade. Recently, two newExpand
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Anatomy of the Early Cretaceous Enantiornithine Bird Rapaxavis pani
The exquisitely preserved longipterygid enantiornithine Rapaxavis pani is redescribed here after more extensive preparation. A complete review of its morphology is presented based on informationExpand
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Additional specimen of Microraptor provides unique evidence of dinosaurs preying on birds
Preserved indicators of diet are extremely rare in the fossil record; even more so is unequivocal direct evidence for predator–prey relationships. Here, we report on a unique specimen of the smallExpand
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Unique caudal plumage of Jeholornis and complex tail evolution in early birds
Significance We describe the presence of essentially two functional tails in the Early Cretaceous Jeholornis (the second most primitive bird)—one like that of some modern birds with a fan-shapedExpand
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