Feathered dinosaurs from China and the evolution of major avian characters.

  title={Feathered dinosaurs from China and the evolution of major avian characters.},
  author={Xing Xu},
  journal={Integrative zoology},
  volume={1 1},
  • Xing Xu
  • Published 2006
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Integrative zoology
  • Recent discoveries of feathered dinosaurs from Early Cretaceous deposits in Liaoning, China, have not only lent strongest support for the dinosaurian hypothesis of bird origins, but have also provided much-needed information about the origins of feathers and avian flight. Preliminary analysis of character evolution suggests that the major avian osteological characters were acquired during the early evolution of maniraptoran dinosaurs. The available evidence also suggests that the first feathers… CONTINUE READING
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