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Re: Juehuaornis, new ornithuromorph bird from Lower Cretaceous of China

Ben Creisler

Some additional info and slightly revised citation as 34(1):

Wang Ren-fei , Wang Yan & Hu Don-yu (2015)
Discovery of a new ornithuromorph genus, Juehuaornis gen.nov. from
Lower Cretaceous of western Liaoning, China.
Global Geology 34 (1): 7–11 (Chinese Edition)

No open access version yet, but the text can be viewed and read online
at this link:

You can type in the page numbers at the bottom, hit "enter," and
click on the + expand view button on the bottom, and then use the side
> to go through the pages (7--11).  Not a whole lot of info, but there
is a photo of the holotype and counterslab on page 8.

On Sat, May 30, 2015 at 8:42 AM, Ben Creisler <bcreisler@gmail.com> wrote:
> Ben Creisler
> bcreisler@gmail.com
> A recent paper not yet mentioned. Many thanks to Fred Ruhe for
> bringing this one to may attention! It's in the Chinese version of
> Global Geology (there is also an English-language version with
> different content).  The paper apparently was put online back in April
> on a number of behind-paywall online journal links, but is not yet
> available yet from the open-access journal links I monitor. Once it's
> posted there, I will post an update.
> Ren-fei Wang, Yan Wang and Dong-Yu Hu, 2015.
> Discovery of a new ornithuromorph genus, Juehuaornis gen.nov. from
> Lower Cretaceous of western Liaoning, China.
> Global Geology 2015 (1): 7–11 (Chinese Edition)
> doi:10.3969/j.issn.1004-5589.2015.01.002
> http://d.wanfangdata.com.cn/Periodical_sjdz201501002.aspx
> Here we report on a new basal ornithuromorph bird, Juehuaornis zhangi
> gen. et sp. nov., based on a nearly complete and articulated subadult
> skeleton from the Lower Cretaceous Jiufotang Formation in Lingyuan of
> western Liaoning, China. It displays ornithomorph synapomorphies, such
> as a synsacrum composed of 12 sacral vertebrae, a short pygostyle,
> long and curved scapula, U -shaped furcula without a hypocleidum,
> coracoid with a developed procoracoid process and a concaved lateral
> margin, a keel extended along the full length of sternum, major and
> minor metacarpals fused proximally and distally, and proximal phalanx
> of digit II expanded caudally. The new specimen is distinguishable
> from other known ornithuromorphs by some unique features including a
> long rostrum for approximately 70% the total length of the skull,
> cranial end of upper jaw hooked, and cranial end of lower jaw
> straight.The new specimen provides new important morphological
> information regarding Ornithomorpha, and it re-presents a new ecotype
> of this group.