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Yanornis martini


This pigeon size bird from the Early Cretaceous of China was close to the ancestry of modern birds.  The front half of a fossil of Yanornis has been combined with the tail of the dromaeosaur dinosaur Microraptor to form the paleontological forgery "Archaeoraptor".




Name


Yanornis martini


Authority
   

Zhou & Zhang, 2001


Meaning of the generic name



Yan (from the Yan dynasty) bird.
 Meaning of the specific name

 In honor of Larry D. Martin for his contribution to the study of Mesozoic birds.


Size


Skull length: 6.5 cm, Length: 30 cm?


Remains


Holotype (IVPP V12558) :  Complete skeleton.
Referred Specimens: V10996 (incomplete skeleton).


Age and Distribution


Horizon: Jiutotang Formation, Early Cretaceous (Aptian).
Locality: Chaoyang City and Yixian County, Liaoning Province, China.


Classification


Aves Ornithuromorpha Yanornithiformes Yanornithidae

  Further Reading

  X. Zhou and F. Zhang. 2001. Two new ornithurine birds from the Early Cretaceous of western Liaoning, China . Chinese Science Bulletin 46(15):1258-1264

  Synonyms   Archaeoraptor liaoningensis Sloan, 1999 (nomen nudum); Archaeovolans repatriatus Czerkas & Xu, 2002
 




Line drawing of the holotype (IVPP V12558) of Yanornis martini. From Zhou & Zhang, 2001.

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