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 Fenglu Han},
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… 

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