Name: Longipteryx ‭(‬Long wing‭)‬.
Phonetic: Long-ip-teh-riks.
Named By: F.‭ ‬Zhang,‭ ‬Z.‭ ‬Zhou,‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Hou‭ & ‬G.‭ ‬Gu‭ ‬-‭ ‬2000.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Enantiornithes,‭ ‬Longipterygidae.
Species: L.‭ ‬chaoyangensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Piscivore‭?
Size: Skeletal length about‭ ‬15‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: China,‭ ‬Liaoning Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Jiufotang Formation.
Time period: Aptian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Almost complete skull and skeleton articulated on a slab.

       Longipteryx is a genus of enantiornithine bird that lived in China during the later stages of the early Cretaceous,‭ ‬and when compared to other enantiornithine birds living at the time,‭ ‬Longipteryx had exceptionally good adaptations for flying and perching.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Early diversification of birds:‭ ‬evidence from a new opposite bird.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Chinese Science Bulletin‭ ‬45‭(‬24‭)‬:2650-2657.‭ ‬-‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Zhang,‭ ‬Z.‭ ‬Zhou,‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Hou‭ & ‬G.‭ ‬Gu‭ ‬-‭ ‬2000.


Random favourites