A revision of enantiornithine (Aves: Ornithothoraces) skull morphology

  title={A revision of enantiornithine (Aves: Ornithothoraces) skull morphology},
  author={Jingmai K. O’Connor and Luis M. Chiappe},
  journal={Journal of Systematic Palaeontology},
  pages={135 - 157}
  • J. O’ConnorL. Chiappe
  • Published 6 January 2011
  • Environmental Science, Geography
  • Journal of Systematic Palaeontology
Enantiornithines are the most speciose avian clade in the Mesozoic, with a fossil record that nearly spans the Cretaceous; however, with less than half of known taxa preserving skull material, our understanding of their cranial morphology remains incomplete. Here we present a comprehensive overview of the current knowledge of enantiornithine skull anatomy and discuss the range of morphologies known for each of the main cranial elements. The typical enantiornithine skull retains numerous… 

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