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Gracilornis, enantiornithine bird from China



From: Ben Creisler
bscreisler@usc.edu
 
 
I just came across this taxon, which apparently has not be mentioned on the DML 
or in very many other places. The publication date was apparently back in May 
of this year.
 
 Li Li & Hou Shilin (2011)
Discovery of a new bird (Enantiornithines) from Lower Cretaceous in western 
Liaoning, China. 
Journal of Jilin University (Earth Science Edition) 41 (3): 759-763
 
 
links:
http://lib.cqvip.com/qk/91256B/201103/38148684.html
http://xuebao.jlu.edu.cn/dxb/EN/abstract/abstract9474.shtml#
http://www.cnki.com.cn/Article/CJFDTOTAL-CCDZ201103018.htm
 
Abstract: 
A new enantiornithine bird Gracilornis jiufotangensis gen. et sp. nov. is 
described from Early Cretaceous Jiufotang Formation in Chaoyang, western 
Liaoning Province. This new bird is distinguishable from other known 
enantiornithines in having slender skeleton, well developed arthroses of limbs, 
small sternum (sternum length/trunk length [approximately equal] 0. 11, sternum 
width/trunk length [approximately equal] 0. 13). This his bird is referred to 
the family Cathayornithidae.