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RE: Parahongshanornis, new Chinese Cretaceous bird (free pdf)

Tim Williams wrote-

> Aside from the name, which is truly inspired ('_Parahongshanornis_'),
> the other notable thing about this bird is the length of the humerus,
> which is shorter than the ulna (humerus/ulna = 1.07). This is
> characteristic of hongshanornithids (_Hongshanornis_ = 1.08;
> _Longicrusornis_ = 1.04), as well as modern members of the Gruiformes
> and Ciconiiformes (based on Nudds et al., 2004). Hongshanornithids
> also have long legs, and are thought to have been waders.

Note that many basal ornithuromorphs have short ulnae, which is not surprising 
given Cau's analysis that found Parahongshanornis isn't a hongshanornithid- 
http://theropoda.blogspot.com/2011/05/parahongshanornis-e-un.html .  You'd 
think people would learn not to attach their untested phylogenetic hypotheses 
to names.  Paraprotopteryx, Parascaniornis, Protarchaeopteryx...

Aberratiodontus (Gong et al., 2004) 1.03
Archaeorhynchus (Zhou and Zhang, 2006) .94
Jianchangornis (Zhou et al., 2009) .92
Hongshanornis (Zhou and Zhang, 2005) 1.09
Longicrusavis (O'Connor et al., 2010) 1.04
Parahongshanornis (Li et al., 2011) 1.08
Patagopteryx (Chiappe, 2002) ~1.10-1.16
Yanornis (Zhou and Zhang, 2001; Zhou et al., 2002; Yuan, 2004) .97-1.00
Yixianornis (Clarke et al., 2006) .96
Apsaravis (Clarke and Norell, 2002) 1.06
Hesperornithes (Martin and Tate, 1976; Baptornis) 5.56
Gansus (You et al., 2006) .91-.98
Ichthyornis (Clarke, 2004) 1.04

Mickey Mortimer