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Description of a new enantiornithine bird from the Early Cretaceous of Hebei, northern China
Swedish Museum of Natural History, Research Division.
2004 (English)In: Canadian journal of earth sciences (Print), ISSN 0008-4077, Vol. 41, no 9, 1097-1107 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper describes a new enantiornithine fossil bird, Vescornis hebeiensis, nov. sp. from the Early Cretaceous of China. We refer Vescornis to the crown clade Euenantiornithes based on several characteristics observed in the thoracic girdle and wing. Vescornis also exhibits characteristics that separate it from other enantiornithine birds, such as the short alular phalanx, the vestigial manual claws, and the well-developed and long foot claws. These features suggest an adaptation towards an improved flight capability, while the ability of Vescornis to climb is reduced compared with many other enantiornithine birds.

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2004. Vol. 41, no 9, 1097-1107 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nrm:diva-556DOI: 10.1139/e04-055OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nrm-556DiVA: diva2:735057
Available from: 2014-07-22 Created: 2014-07-22 Last updated: 2014-07-22Bibliographically approved

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