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New basal beaked ornithurine bird found from the lower cretaceous of Western Liaoning, China

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Based on a well-preserved specimen from the Lower Cretaceous Jiufotang Formation in Jianchang, western Liaoning, China, Paleontologists of Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), Chinese Academy of Sciences reported a new species of basal ornithurine bird, Schizooura lii gen. et sp. nov., in the latest issue of Vertebrata PalAsiatic 2012(1), helping better understand the early diversification of ornithurines and revealing new information regarding the complex pattern of character evolution among early birds.

 

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