University of Bristol logo Fossil group banner, with title and coposite picture of fossils


Confuciusornithidae


This toothless family of birds consists of 2 genera - Confuciusornis and Changchengornis. Confuciusornis is known from hundreds of specimens, but Changchengornis is only known from one specimen. All of these specimens are from the Liaoning deposits of China. They all have a horn beak and the tail is reduced to a pygostyle. Confuciusornis also has a slightly keeled sternum.


Author: Robert Davis
Last updated: 21/11/05

Return to Major subgroups

Return to Fossil record


Return to Fossil groups home page


Websites produced by students on the MSc Palaeobiology programme in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol for academic year 2005-6