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RE: Earliest Neornithean?



> From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
> T. Mike Keesey
>
> On Tue, 9 Nov 1999, fredericus ruhe wrote:
>
> > There is Liaoningornis longidigitris Hou, 1997. that is
> described from the
> > late jurasic, Tithonian, although some workers consider the
> Yixian Formation
> > early cretaceous
>
> That's a euornithean, but not a neornithean.

Additionally, the Yixian is now pretty securely well into the Early
Cretaceous, despite earlier uncertainty.

                Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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