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Cretaceous age for the feathered dinosaurs of Liaoning, China
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The results of this dating study indicate that the lower Yixian fossil horizons are not Jurassic but rather are at least 20 Myr younger, placing them within middle Early Cretaceous time.
Tyrannosaur Paleobiology: New Research on Ancient Exemplar Organisms
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The biology and evolutionary history of tyrannosaurs are reviewed and their phylogenetic relations are updated to include several new fossils, showing that tyrannosaurs originated by the Middle Jurassic but remained mostly small and ecologically marginal until the latest Cretaceous.
A new troodontid dinosaur from China with avian-like sleeping posture
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The discovery of a new troodontid taxon from the Early Cretaceous Yixian Formation of western Liaoning, China is reported, preserves several features that have been implicated in avialan origins and is preserved in the stereotypical sleeping or resting posture found in extant Aves.
Branched integumental structures in Sinornithosaurus and the origin of feathers
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Observations of the filamentous integumental appendages of the basal dromaeosaurid dinosaur Sinornithosaurus millenii indicate that they are compound structures composed of multiple filaments that are unique to avian feathers, which strongly corroborate the hypothesis that the integumentals of SinORNithosaurus are homologous with avan feathers.
Cranial morphology of Sinornithosaurus millenii Xu et al. 1999 (Dinosauria: Theropoda: Dromaeosauridae) from the Yixian Formation of Liaoning, China
The recent discovery of the early dromaeosaurid Sinornithosaurus millenii Xu et al. 1999 is especially important for our understanding of maniraptoran evolution, particularly of avian origins. This
A gliding lizard from the Early Cretaceous of China
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The lizard has a dorsal-rib-supported patagium, a structure independently evolved in the Late Triassic basal lepidosauromorph kuehneosaurs and the extant agamid lizard Draco, revealing a surprising case of convergent evolution among lepidOSauromorphans.
An integrative approach to understanding bird origins
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Recent discoveries of spectacular dinosaur fossils overwhelmingly support the hypothesis that birds are descended from maniraptoran theropod dinosaurs, and furthermore, demonstrate that distinctive bird characteristics such as feathers, flight, endothermic physiology, unique strategies for reproduction and growth, and a novel pulmonary system originated among Mesozoic terrestrial dinosaurs.
A New Enantiornithine Bird from the Lower Cretaceous of Western Liaoning, China
ABSTRACT A new enantiornithine bird, Bohaiornis guoi, gen. et sp. nov., is described in this paper. The holotype, presumably a sub-adult, is a complete, fully articulated skeleton from the Lower
The osteology of Shaochilong maortuensis, a carcharodontosaurid (Dinosauria: Theropoda) from the Late Cretaceous of Asia
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It is argued that the vicariant hypothesis of allosauroid biogeography, in which lineages split in concert with the fragmentation of Pangaea, is poorly supported and large-scale patterns of theropod evolution and faunal replacement are discussed.
A gigantic feathered dinosaur from the Lower Cretaceous of China
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Morphometric analysis suggests that Y. huali differed from tyrannosaurids in its growth strategy, thus providing direct evidence for the presence of extensively feathered gigantic dinosaurs and offering new insights into early feather evolution.
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