The marine bird Asiahesperornis from the Cretaceous of northern Kazakhstan

Dyke, Gareth J., Malakhov, D.V. and Chiappe, L.M. (2006) The marine bird Asiahesperornis from the Cretaceous of northern Kazakhstan. Cretaceous Research, 27, (6), 947-953. (doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2006.05.001).


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Fossil bird material is exceptionally rare in the Mesozoic of western Asia. With the notable exception of the Upper Cretaceous foot-propelled diving bird Asiahesperornis bazhanovi from northern Kazakhstan, the only bird fossils described from this region have been bone fragments from the Upper Cretaceous of Uzbekistan. In this paper, all material referred to date to the hesperornithiform Asiahesperornis is reviewed and re-described. New postcranial elements of this taxon from the holotype Kushmurun locality (Maastrichtian Zhuravlovskaya Svita) are presented, and the taxonomic history and likely affinities of this ocean-going bird are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2006.05.001
ISSNs: 0195-6671 (print)
1095-998X (electronic)
Subjects: Q Science > QE Geology
Q Science > QH Natural history
Divisions : Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences > Ocean and Earth Science > Ocean Biochemistry & Ecosystems
ePrint ID: 205225
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
December 2006Published
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2011 15:07
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:47

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