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Enantiornithine Birds in China



From: Ben Creisler
bscreisler@yahoo.com
 
 
New in Acta Geologica Sinica:
 
 
 Xia, W. and Zihui, Z. (2011),  
Enantiornithine Birds in China.  
Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition) 85: 1211–1223.  
doi: 10.1111/j.1755-6724.2011.00582.x 
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1755-6724.2011.00582.x/abstract
 
  
  
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.