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Enantiornithine Birds in China
From: Ben Creisler
New in Acta Geologica Sinica:
Xia, W. and Zihui, Z. (2011),
Enantiornithine Birds in China.
Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition) 85: 1211–1223.
A brief introduction to the morphology, flight, size, habits, diet, feathers
and systematic paleontology of fossil enantiornithine birds known from the
Mesozoic of China is provided. Enantiornithine birds were the dominant land
birds of the Mesozoic (245--65 Myr). Although they show great morphological
differences from modern birds, their diversification in many respects mimics
that of the modern land bird radiation and the reasons for their extinction at
the end-Cretaceous remain a mystery.