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Sapeornis chaoyangensis Zhou and Zhang 2002 (bird)

Reptilia - Pygostylia

PaleoDB taxon number: 119249

Synonyms: Didactylornis jii Yuan 2008 (no. 153852), Sapeornis angustis Zhou and Zhang 2009 (no. 197818), Shenshiornis primita Hu et al. 2010 (no. 168562)

Full reference: Z. Zhou and F. Zhang. 2002. Largest bird from the Early Cretaceous and its implications for the earliest avian ecological diversification. Naturwissenschaften 89(1):34-38

Belongs to Sapeornis according to S. Zhou et al. 2013

Sister taxa: none

Type specimens:

  • Sapeornis chaoyangensis: IVPP V12698, a skeleton (nearly complete postcranial skeleton). Its type locality is Shangheshou, which is in an Aptian lacustrine sandstone/mudstone in the Jiufotang Formation of China.
  • Didactylornis jii: CDPC-02-08-001, a skeleton. Its type locality is Baicaigou, Toutai, which is in an Aptian lacustrine shale/mudstone in the Yixian Formation of China.
  • Sapeornis angustis: Its type locality is Dapingfang, which is in an Aptian lacustrine mudstone in the Jiufotang Formation of China.
  • Shenshiornis primita: LPM B00018, a skeleton. Its type locality is Dapingfang, which is in an Aptian lacustrine mudstone in the Jiufotang Formation of China.

Ecology: ground dwelling carnivore