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UK Mesozoic birds (was RE: Dinosaurs and birds)
> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
> Anthony Docimo
> This conversation ("dinosaurs and birds") has started me wondering
> again....were there any Mesozoic-era birds (by any definition - anything
> closer than *Eotyrannus* is good) in the United Kingdom?
Okay, that is WAY too broad a definition for me... I'll stick with Avialae here.
The answer is: yes, of course there were. There wasn't some "flight-free zone"
over that particular corner of Laurasia.
However, if your question is "what Mesozoic Era birds are KNOWN from British
fossils", it get's more limited.
_Enaliornis_, a primitive (maybe even volant??) member of the hesperornithiform
lineage is known from the Albian of Cambridge (or
pretty darn close, at least).
Beyond that, I don't know if there are any named avialians from the Cretaceous
of Britain. However, it would be rather unlikely if
the Iberian Barremian birds (_Iberomesornis_, _Concornis_, etc.) didn't also
like in Britain, too.
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