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"Jeholornis prima on a Bennettitalean trunk"Image by Michael Rothman (visit gallery »)
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TitleJeholornis prima on a Bennettitalean trunk Contact
»Michael Rothman DescriptionThis illustration is a reconstruction of the Early Cretaceous basal bird, Jeholornis prima, extracting seeds from a fertilized Bennettitalean cone. This basal avian retained functional claws and teeth and while (unidentified) seeds and gizzard stones have been found in in Jeholornis specimens, its role as a seed predator and occasionally "sloppy" seed disperser for this specific Cycadeoid, Neozamites denticulate, has not yet been determined. Jeholornis reconstructed under the aegis of Dr. Jingmai O'Connor, IVPP, Beijing. KeywordsJeholornis prima, enantiornithes, ornithes, basal avian, Jiufotang biota, Yixian, Liaoning biota, Neozamites sp., Aptian, crop, gizzzard stones Media Color Categories Nature, Science Subject(s) Animal, Botanical, Birds, Paleontology, Vertebrates, Products, Advertising, Ecosystem, Editorial, Institutional