A long-tailed, seed-eating bird from the Early Cretaceous of China

  title={A long-tailed, seed-eating bird from the Early Cretaceous of China},
  author={Zhonghe Zhou and Fucheng Zhang},
The lacustrine deposits of the Yixian and Jiufotang Formations in the Early Cretaceous Jehol Group in the western Liaoning area of northeast China are well known for preserving feathered dinosaurs, primitive birds and mammals. Here we report a large basal bird, Jeholornis prima gen. et sp. nov., from the Jiufotang Formation. This bird is distinctively different from other known birds of the Early Cretaceous period in retaining a long skeletal tail with unexpected elongated prezygopophyses and… Expand
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