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Re: Bellulia, new bird (Ornithothoraces) from Early Cretaceous of China (preoccupied name!)

Ben Creisler

A belated update on the preoccupied name Bellulia.

Note that the name is being changed to Bellulornis. This is the name
used in the recent press release:



Apparently the replacement name Bellulornis for Bellulia has not been
formally published yet in a scientific publication to establish
official authorship.

On Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 9:24 AM, Ben Creisler <bcreisler@gmail.com> wrote:
> Ben Creisler
> bcreisler@gmail.com
> A new paper. Note that the generic name Bellulia is preoccupied by
> Bellulia Fibiger, 2008,  a moth.
> Min Wang, Zhonghe Zhou and Shuang Zhou (2016)
> A new basal ornithuromorph bird (Aves: Ornithothoraces) from the Early
> Cretaceous of China with implication for morphology of early
> Ornithuromorpha.
> Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 176(1): 207–223
> DOI: 10.1111/zoj.12302
> http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/zoj.12302/abstract
> Ornithuromorpha is the most derived avian group in the Early
> Cretaceous, advanced members of which encompass all living birds
> (Neornithes). Here we report on a new basal ornithuromorph bird,
> Bellulia rectusunguis gen. et sp. nov., represented by a nearly
> complete skeleton from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota in
> northeastern China. A comprehensive phylogenetic analysis resolved the
> new taxon in a basal position that is only more derived than
> Archaeorhynchus and Jianchangornis among ornithuromorphs, increasing
> the morphological diversity of basal ornithuromorphs. The new specimen
> has a V-shaped furcula with a short hypocleidium, a feature otherwise
> known only in Schizooura among Cretaceous ornithuromorphs. We discuss
> the implications of the new taxon on the evolution of morphology of
> primitive ornithuromorphs, particularly of pectoral girdle, sternum
> and limb proportion pertaining to powered flight. The preserved
> gastroliths and pedal morphology indicate herbivory and lakeshore
> adaption for this new species.
> =====
> Bellulia Fibiger, 2008 ref:
> Fibiger, M. 2008: Revision of the Micronoctuidae (Lepidoptera:
> Noctuoidea). Part 2, Taxonomy of the Belluliinae, Magninae and
> Parachrostiinae. Zootaxa, 1867: 1-136.
> http://www.mapress.com/j/zt/issue/view/1961