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A bizarre Jurassic maniraptoran from China with elongate ribbon-like feathers.
Nature. 2008 Oct 23; 455(7216):1105-8.Nat

Abstract

Recent coelurosaurian discoveries have greatly enriched our knowledge of the transition from dinosaurs to birds, but all reported taxa close to this transition are from relatively well known coelurosaurian groups. Here we report a new basal avialan, Epidexipteryx hui gen. et sp. nov., from the Middle to Late Jurassic of Inner Mongolia, China. This new species is characterized by an unexpected combination of characters seen in several different theropod groups, particularly the Oviraptorosauria. Phylogenetic analysis shows it to be the sister taxon to Epidendrosaurus, forming a new clade at the base of Avialae. Epidexipteryx also possesses two pairs of elongate ribbon-like tail feathers, and its limbs lack contour feathers for flight. This finding shows that a member of the avialan lineage experimented with integumentary ornamentation as early as the Middle to Late Jurassic, and provides further evidence relating to this aspect of the transition from non-avian theropods to birds.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Laboratory of Evolutionary Systematics of Vertebrates, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PO Box 643, Beijing 100044, China. zhangfucheng@ivpp.ac.cnNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Historical Article
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18948955

Citation

Zhang, Fucheng, et al. "A Bizarre Jurassic Maniraptoran From China With Elongate Ribbon-like Feathers." Nature, vol. 455, no. 7216, 2008, pp. 1105-8.
Zhang F, Zhou Z, Xu X, et al. A bizarre Jurassic maniraptoran from China with elongate ribbon-like feathers. Nature. 2008;455(7216):1105-8.
Zhang, F., Zhou, Z., Xu, X., Wang, X., & Sullivan, C. (2008). A bizarre Jurassic maniraptoran from China with elongate ribbon-like feathers. Nature, 455(7216), 1105-8. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature07447
Zhang F, et al. A Bizarre Jurassic Maniraptoran From China With Elongate Ribbon-like Feathers. Nature. 2008 Oct 23;455(7216):1105-8. PubMed PMID: 18948955.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A bizarre Jurassic maniraptoran from China with elongate ribbon-like feathers. AU - Zhang,Fucheng, AU - Zhou,Zhonghe, AU - Xu,Xing, AU - Wang,Xiaolin, AU - Sullivan,Corwin, PY - 2008/06/14/received PY - 2008/09/19/accepted PY - 2008/10/25/pubmed PY - 2008/11/11/medline PY - 2008/10/25/entrez SP - 1105 EP - 8 JF - Nature JO - Nature VL - 455 IS - 7216 N2 - Recent coelurosaurian discoveries have greatly enriched our knowledge of the transition from dinosaurs to birds, but all reported taxa close to this transition are from relatively well known coelurosaurian groups. Here we report a new basal avialan, Epidexipteryx hui gen. et sp. nov., from the Middle to Late Jurassic of Inner Mongolia, China. This new species is characterized by an unexpected combination of characters seen in several different theropod groups, particularly the Oviraptorosauria. Phylogenetic analysis shows it to be the sister taxon to Epidendrosaurus, forming a new clade at the base of Avialae. Epidexipteryx also possesses two pairs of elongate ribbon-like tail feathers, and its limbs lack contour feathers for flight. This finding shows that a member of the avialan lineage experimented with integumentary ornamentation as early as the Middle to Late Jurassic, and provides further evidence relating to this aspect of the transition from non-avian theropods to birds. SN - 1476-4687 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18948955/A_bizarre_Jurassic_maniraptoran_from_China_with_elongate_ribbon_like_feathers_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1038/nature07447 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -