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Re: Confuciusornis sanctus
Hou, 1997 described 2 additional species:
Confuciusornis chuonzhous Hou, 1997. and Confuciusornis suniae Hou, 1997.,
also described in Confuciusornithidae is Changchengornis hengdaoziensis Q.
Ji, Chiappe & S. Ji, 1999.
The reference for the Hou-species is:
Lianhai Hou, 1997
Mesozoic Birds of China
Natou, Taiwan: Taiwan Feng Huang Gu Bird Garden
but it's out of print and almost inpossible to find,
Ji Qiang, Luis M. Chiappe & Ji Shu'an, 1999
A New Late Mesozoic Confuciusornithid Bird from China
Journal of vertebrate paleontology 19: 1-7
If you get url's for good pages, please let me know
At 19:29 25-01-2000 -0800, you wrote:
>I have some questions I would like to ask about Confuciusornus sanctus, the
>beaked bird from Liaoning.
>1) I've read that, because the paleontologists in Liaoning have discovered many
>C. sanctus fossils together, they assumed that the birds live in colonies. Is
>there any behavioral information past that? That is, do we know of male:female
>ratios or have any fossils of the actual nest structures? Probably not, but I
>wish to ask anyway.
>2)From the shape of the bird's beak, I assume it's a seed-eater. Am I correct?
>3)C. sanctus has very small feet, but large talons on its hands. Does this
>indicate that it used its hands to perch or, like terns (which also have small
>feet) it rarely perched at all?
>4) I know that there are many species of Confuciusornis, but only know anything
>about C. sanctus and C. dui. What of the others?
>5) It would be nice if anyone could give me the URLs of some good webpages that
>focus on this genus, as well, perhaps, as other Liaoning avians.