Confusornis Panel (Copy)

Description

Confusornis Panel measures 31 x 22 cm. The Confusornis Panel is Museum quality polyurethane resin cast made in the USA. Confuciusornis chuonzhous is the scientific name for Confusornis. A Jurassic cretaceous bird skeleton. Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous China. Dinosaur-like features.

Confuciusornis is a genus of primitive crow-sized bird from the Early Cretaceous Period of the Yixian and Jiufotang Formations of China, dating from 125 to 120 million years ago. Confuciusornis had a toothless beak. Confuciusornis is one of the most abundant vertebrates found in the Yixian Formation, and several hundred complete, articulated specimens have been found.

Confuciusornis chuonzhous total length of 1.6 feet and a wingspan of up to 2.3 ft. Its body weight has been estimated to have been as much as 3.3 lbs.

Confuciusornis shows a mix of basal and derived traits. It was more “advanced” or derived than Archaeopteryx in possessing a short tail with a pygostyle (a bone formed from a series of short, fused tail vertebrae) and a bony breastbone, but more basal or “primitive” than modern birds in retaining large claws on the forelimbs, having a primitive skull with a closed eye-socket, and a relatively small breastbone.

The skull morphology of Confuciusornis chuonzhous been difficult to determine, due to the crushed and deformed nature of the fossils. The skull was near triangular in side view, and the toothless beak was robust and pointed. The front of the jaws had deep neurovascular foramina and grooves. The skull was rather robust, with deep jaws, especially the mandible. The tomial crest of the upper jaw was straight for its entire length. The front bones of the upper jaw were fused together for most of the front half of the snout, but were separated at the tip by a V-shaped notch. The frontal processes that projected hindwards from the premaxillae were thin and extended above the eye openings. The nasal bone was smaller than in most birds, and had a slender process that directed down towards the maxilla.

Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 31 × 22 in
Confuciusornis Bird Skeleton

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Clade: Saurischia
Clade: Theropoda
Family: †Confuciusornithidae
Genus: †Confuciusornis
Type species: †Confuciusornis sanctus
Conservation Status: Extinct

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