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New early avialan from Fukui Prefecture


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A news article about the first Early Cretaceous avialan from Japan is available at the following link:

 

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/newly-discovered-fossil-bird-fills-gap-between-dinosaurs-and-modern-fliers-180973551/

 

Fukuipteryx is the first Early Cretaceous non-ornithothoracine avialan to be described from an Asian locality outside China or Mongolia. Since Fukuipteryx has a pygostyle and is recovered as basal to Jeholornis, it is unclear whether some non-pygostylian birds had a pygostyle.

 

Link for original description of Fukuipteryx:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s42003-019-0639-4

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