A historical specimen of enantiornithine bird from the Early Cretaceous of Mongolia representing a new taxon with a specialized neck morphology

  title={A historical specimen of enantiornithine bird from the Early Cretaceous of Mongolia representing a new taxon with a specialized neck morphology},
  author={Nikita Zelenkov and Alexander O. Averianov},
  journal={Journal of Systematic Palaeontology},
  pages={319 - 338}
We describe Holbotia ponomarenkoi gen. et sp. nov., the first articulated specimen of an enantiornithine bird from Mongolia, unearthed in 1977 from Early Cretaceous deposits and formerly thought to be a pterosaur. The specimen shows a series of morphological details that are either unique to the new taxon or very poorly known for Enantiornithes. A previously unobserved specialized cervical morphology, the development of a crest on the caudal surface of the distal tibia, and the presence of… Expand
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