(long shin bird).
Named By: J. K. O'Connor, K.-Q. Gao & L. M. Chiappe - 2010.
Classification: Chordata, Aves, Yanornithiformes, Hongshanornithidae.
Species: L. houi (type).
Known locations: China, Liaoning Province - Yixian Formation.
Time period: Barremian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Almost complete individual preserved on a slab.
Closely related to the genus Hongshanornis, Longicrusavis was an early bird that lived in China during the Early Cretaceous. Also like Hongshanornis, Longicrusavis is usually portrayed as an early wading bird that would have scoured shallows of lake edges looking for small invertebrates to eat.
- A new ornithuromorph (Aves: Ornithothoraces) bird from the Jehol Group indicative of higher-level diversity. - Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 30(2):311-321. - J. K. O'Connor, K.-Q. Gao & L. M. Chiappe - 2010.