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Re: Bellulia, new bird (Ornithothoraces) from Early Cretaceous of China (free pdf)

Note that the pdf of the paper is now free:


On Sat, Jan 23, 2016 at 8:58 AM, Ben Creisler <bcreisler@gmail.com> wrote:
> Ben Creisler
> bcreisler@gmail.com
> 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:
> http://english.ivpp.cas.cn/rh/rp/201601/t20160111_158608.html
> http://phys.org/news/2016-01-basal-ornithuromorph-bird-china.html
> 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