A primitive confuciusornithid bird from China and its implications for early avian flight

@article{Zhang2008APC,
  title={A primitive confuciusornithid bird from China and its implications for early avian flight},
  author={F. Zhang and Z. Zhou and M. Benton},
  journal={Science in China Series D: Earth Sciences},
  year={2008},
  volume={51},
  pages={625-639}
}
  • F. Zhang, Z. Zhou, M. Benton
  • Published 2008
  • Biology
  • Science in China Series D: Earth Sciences
  • Confuciusornithids, lived from 120–125 million years ago, form a basal bird group and include the oldest birds with horny beaks. Here we describe Eoconfuciusornis zhengi, gen. et sp. nov. from the Early Cretaceous Dabeigou Formatio (131 Ma) in Fengning, Hebei Province, northern China. It represents a new and, more primitive than other known, member of this group and extends the lifespan of this family to 11 Ma, the longest of any known Early Cretaceous avian lineages. Furthermore… CONTINUE READING
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