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A new, three-dimensionally preserved enantiornithine bird (Aves: Ornithothoraces) from Gansu Province, north-western China

Ji, SA and Atterholt, J and O'Connor, JK and Lamanna, MC and Harris, JD and Li, DQ and You, HL and Dodson, P (2011) A new, three-dimensionally preserved enantiornithine bird (Aves: Ornithothoraces) from Gansu Province, north-western China. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 162 (1). 201 - 219. ISSN 0024-4082

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In recent years, the Lower Cretaceous (Aptian) Xiagou Formation has yielded approximately 100 avian partial skeletons, many with soft-tissue traces, from sites in the Changma Basin of Gansu Province, north-western China. The most abundant taxon amongst these is the ornithuromorph Gansus yumenensis, but enantiornithines have also been identified in the sample. Here we describe two incomplete, semi-articulated appendicular skeletons, the first consisting of a partial left pelvic girdle and complete pelvic limb, and the second comprised of a nearly complete right pelvic limb. Both specimens bear characteristics diagnostic of Enantiornithes, and are referred to a new taxon, Qiliania graffinigen. et sp. nov. The exceptional, three-dimensional preservation of these specimens (compared to the crushed, nearly two-dimensional condition of most other Early Cretaceous avian fossils) reveals new information regarding enantiornithine anatomy, evolution, and diversity. © 2011 The Linnean Society of London.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
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Ji, SA
Atterholt, J
O'Connor, JK
Lamanna, MC
Harris, JD
Li, DQ
You, HL
Dodson, P
Date: 1 May 2011
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society
Volume: 162
Number: 1
Page Range: 201 - 219
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1111/j.1096-3642.2010.00671.x
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Geology and Planetary Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0024-4082
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2014 16:55
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 14:55


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