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Re: Confuciusornis beaks

Daniel Bensen wrote-

> Most of the photos of Confuciusornis I've seen, if they show impressions
> around the beak at all, suggest a broad, wedge-shaped seed-cracker like
> a hawfinch or grosbeak,

Which photos are these, btw?  I can't recall seeing a C. sanctus beak

> Is the
> upturned beak known from more than one specimen?  Is it possible the
> beak is an artifact of preservation?

Well, the only referred C. dui specimen in the literature lacks a skull.

> And C. dui is still considered
> distinct from C. sanctus, right?

Yes, for many reasons besides the beak.

Mickey Mortimer
Undergraduate, Earth and Space Sciences
University of Washington
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