An Archaeopteryx-like theropod from China and the origin of Avialae

  title={An Archaeopteryx-like theropod from China and the origin of Avialae},
  author={Xing Xu and Hailu You and Kai Du and Feng-lu Han},
  • Xing Xu, Hailu You, +1 author Feng-lu Han
  • Published 2011
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Archaeopteryx is widely accepted as being the most basal bird, and accordingly it is regarded as central to understanding avialan origins; however, recent discoveries of derived maniraptorans have weakened the avialan status of Archaeopteryx. Here we report a new Archaeopteryx-like theropod from China. This find further demonstrates that many features formerly regarded as being diagnostic of Avialae, including long and robust forelimbs, actually characterize the more inclusive group Paraves… CONTINUE READING
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