Named By: L. Li, J.-Q. Wang & S.-L. Hou - 2011.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropda, Ornithuromorpha, Hongshanornithidae.
Species: P. chaoyangensis (type).
Known locations: China, Liaoning Province - Jiufotang Formation.
Time period: Aptian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial post cranial skeleton preserved flat a slab with feather impressions.
Parahongshanornis is a genus of primitive bird that lived in China during the early Cretaceous. The genus is noted for its similarity to another genus called Hongshanornis, hence the name Parahongshanornis which can be translated to English as ‘near Hongshanornis’.
- A new ornithurine bird (Hongshanornithidae) from the Jiufotang Formation of Chaoyang, Liaoning, China. - Vertebrata PalAsiatica 49(2):195-200. - L. Li, J.-Q. Wang & S.-L. Hou - 2011.