2010, 29(2) 183-187 DOI:     ISSN: 1004-5589 CN: 22-1111/P

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Keywords
Liaoning
Jianchang
Lower Cretaceous
Jiufotang Formation
Confuciusornis
new species
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LI Li-1
2
WANG Jing-Qi-2
HOU Shi-Lin-2
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Article by Li, L. 1
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Article by Hou, S. L. 2

A new species of Confuciusornis from Lower Cretaceous of Jianchang,Liaoning,China

LI Li-1, 2, WANG Jing-Qi-2, HOU Shi-Lin-2

1. Department of Geology,Northeastern University,Shenyang 110004,China; 2. Paleontology Institute,Shenyang Normal University,Shenyang 110034,China

Abstract

A new species of the Confuciusornis is described based on a specimen discovered from the Lower Cretaceous Jiufotang Formation in Toudaoyingzi of Jianchang,Liaoning Province,China. Although it is preserved with no forelimb and thoracic girdle,the new species can be distinguished from other known Confuciusornithid in many features,such as small sized,squamosal similar triangular,quadrate crassitude,anterior upper edge of dentary convex,tarsometatarsus fused proximally,metatarsals V not present,pygostyle wide and thick,etc. This discovery is the first time for Jianchang to find the taxa of Confuciusornis,and is significant for showing the diversity of Confuciusornithiformes.

Keywords Liaoning   Jianchang   Lower Cretaceous   Jiufotang Formation   Confuciusornis   new species  
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