A Nearly Modern Amphibious Bird from the Early Cretaceous of Northwestern China

@article{You2006ANM,
  title={A Nearly Modern Amphibious Bird from the Early Cretaceous of Northwestern China},
  author={H. You and M. Lamanna and Jerald D. Harris and L. Chiappe and J. O'Connor and S. Ji and Jun-chang L{\"u} and Chongxi Yuan and D. Li and X. Zhang and K. Lacovara and P. Dodson and Q. Ji},
  journal={Science},
  year={2006},
  volume={312},
  pages={1640 - 1643}
}
Three-dimensional specimens of the volant fossil bird Gansus yumenensis from the Early Cretaceous Xiagou Formation of northwestern China demonstrate that this taxon possesses advanced anatomical features previously known only in Late Cretaceous and Cenozoic ornithuran birds. Phylogenetic analysis recovers Gansus within the Ornithurae, making it the oldest known member of the clade. The Xiagou Formation preserves the oldest known ornithuromorph-dominated avian assemblage. The anatomy of Gansus… Expand

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