A New Early Cretaceous Enantiornithine (Aves, Ornithothoraces) from Northwestern China with Elaborate Tail Ornamentation

@article{OConnor2016ANE,
  title={A New Early Cretaceous Enantiornithine (Aves, Ornithothoraces) from Northwestern China with Elaborate Tail Ornamentation},
  author={Jingmai K. O’Connor and Da-Qing Li and Matthew C. Lamanna and Min Wang and Jerald D. Harris and Jessie Atterholt and Hailu You},
  journal={Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology},
  year={2016},
  volume={36}
}
ABSTRACT We provide a detailed description of a well-preserved enantiornithine specimen (GSGM-05-CM-004) from the Lower Cretaceous (Aptian) Xiagou Formation of northwestern Gansu Province, China, for which we erect the new taxon Feitianius paradisi, gen. et sp. nov. This specimen has a distinctive pelvic morphology and can be further distinguished from all other Mesozoic birds by a unique caudal plumage formed by multiple rectricial morphotypes. This newly documented tail morphology reveals a… Expand
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