A Morphological Study of the First Known Piscivorous Enantiornithine Bird from the Early Cretaceous of China

  title={A Morphological Study of the First Known Piscivorous Enantiornithine Bird from the Early Cretaceous of China},
  author={Min Wang and Zhonghe Zhou},
  journal={Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology},
ABSTRACT A fish-eating enantiornithine bird with a gastric pellet composed of fish bones has recently been reported from the Lower Cretaceous Jiufotang Formation of Liaoning Province, northeastern China. Along with other discoveries, this specimen reveals that distinct features of modern avian digestive system were well established in those early birds. On the basis of a detailed anatomical study presented here, we show that this fish-eating enantiornithine bird represents a new taxon… Expand
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