Rahonavis & Jeholornis are the most basal Cretaceous birds. Rahonavis, known from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar, retains the long, bony reptilian tail. Jeholornis, known from the Early Cretaceous of China, also retains the long, bony reptilian tail, but shows advanced features in the hand.
Author: Robert Davis
Last updated: 21/11/05
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