Jeholornis compared to Archaeopteryx, with a new understanding of the earliest avian evolution

@article{Zhou2003JeholornisCT,
  title={Jeholornis compared to Archaeopteryx, with a new understanding of the earliest avian evolution},
  author={Zhonghe Zhou and Fucheng Zhang},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2003},
  volume={90},
  pages={220-225}
}
The recently reported Jeholornis represents the only known bird with a complete long skeletal tail except for Archaeopteryx. Two newly discovered specimens referable to Jeholornis provide some important new information about its anatomy. The tail of Jeholornis is much longer than that of Archaeopteryx and comprises a maximum of 27 caudal vertebrae compared with only 23 in Archaeopteryx. More interestingly, the tail feathers are shaped more like those of dromaeosaurs than those of Archaeopteryx… CONTINUE READING
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