Name: Eoconfuciusornis ‭(‬Dawn Confucius bird‭)‬.
Phonetic: E-oh-con-few-shus-or-niss.
Named By: Z.‭ ‬Zhang,‭ ‬Z.‭ ‬Zhou‭ & ‬M.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Benton‭ ‬-‭ ‬2008.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropda,‭ ‬Euavialae,‭ ‬Confuciusornithiformes.
Species: E.‭ ‬zhengi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Unknown.
Size: Unavailable.
Known locations: China,‭ ‬Hebei Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Dabeigou Formation.
Time period: Hauterivian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial remains.

       Eoconfuciusornis named for its earlier appearance to the related Confuciusornis,‭ ‬the most notable difference about Eoconfuciusornis at the time of writing are that the genus has longer legs than Eoconfuciusornis.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A primitive confuciusornithid bird from China and its implications for early avian flight.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Science in China Series D:‭ ‬Earth Sciences‭ ‬51‭(‬5‭)‬:625-639.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Z.‭ ‬Zhang,‭ ‬Z.‭ ‬Zhou‭ & ‬M.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Benton‭ ‬-‭ ‬2008.
- Exceptional preservation of soft tissue in a new specimen of Eoconfuciusornis and its biological implications. - National Science Review. 4 (3): 441–452. - Xiaoting Zheng, Jingmai K. O’Connor, Xiaoli Wang, Yanhong Pan, Yan Wang, Min Wang; & Zhonghe Zhou - 2017.


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