(Dawn Confucius bird).
Named By: Z. Zhang, Z. Zhou & M. J. Benton - 2008.
Classification: Chordata, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropda, Euavialae, Confuciusornithiformes.
Species: E. zhengi (type).
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.
- 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.