Fucheng Zhang
Linyi University
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Published on Dec 1, 2018in Nature Communications 12.35
Maria E. McNamara11
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(University College Cork),
Fucheng Zhang31
Estimated H-index: 31
(Linyi University)
+ 9 AuthorsMichael J. Benton59
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(University of Bristol)
Feathers are remarkable evolutionary innovations that are associated with complex adaptations of the skin in modern birds. Fossilised feathers in non-avian dinosaurs and basal birds provide insights into feather evolution, but how associated integumentary adaptations evolved is unclear. Here we report the discovery of fossil skin, preserved with remarkable nanoscale fidelity, in three non-avian maniraptoran dinosaurs and a basal bird from the Cretaceous Jehol biota (China). The skin comprises pa...
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Published on May 1, 2015in Nature 41.58
Xing Xu39
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Xiaoting Zheng14
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+ 7 AuthorsYanhong Pan13
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A recently discovered fossil belonging to the Scansoriopterygidae, a group of bizarre dinosaurs closely related to birds, represents a new scansoriopterygid species and preserves evidence of a membranous aerodynamic surface very different from a classic avian wing.
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Published on Mar 1, 2014in Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 2.19
Corwin Sullivan20
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David W. E. Hone19
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(Queen Mary University of London)
+ 3 AuthorsFucheng Zhang31
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ABSTRACT The Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota of northeastern China has become famous over the last two decades as a source of feathered avialan and non-avialan theropods, preserved alongside an array of other fossil vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants. Still more recently, a rich assemblage referred to in this paper as the Daohugou Biota has begun to emerge from Jurassic strata in the same region. Like their counterparts from the Jehol Biota, Daohugou Biota vertebrate specimens are typically pre...
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Published on Feb 21, 2013in PLOS ONE 2.77
David W. E. Hone19
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Helmut Tischlinger8
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+ 1 AuthorsFucheng Zhang31
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Xiaoting Zheng14
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Larry D. Martin28
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+ 3 AuthorsDesui Miao7
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The crop is characteristic of seed-eating birds today, yet little is known about its early history despite remarkable discoveries of many Mesozoic seed-eating birds in the past decade. Here we report the discovery of some early fossil evidence for the presence of a crop in birds. Two Early Cretaceous birds, the basal ornithurine Hongshanornis and a basal avian Sapeornis, demonstrate that an essentially modern avian digestive system formed early in avian evolution. The discovery of a crop in two ...
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Published on Feb 28, 2011in Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 2.33
Jingmai K. O’Connor5
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Fucheng Zhang31
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A careful reappraisal of the only known specimen of the poorly understood fossil enantiornithine bird Boluochia zhengi reveals numerous morphological similarities that suggest this taxon is closely related to the well-known Longipteryx chaoyangensis, and so is assignable to the most diverse recognized clade of Early Cretaceous enantiornithines, the Longipterygidae. This new study of the holotype of B. zhengi reveals new longipterygid synapomorphies and expands our knowledge of the temporal and g...
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Published on Jun 30, 2010in Chinese Birds
Dong-Sheng Li1
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Corwin Sullivan20
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Fucheng Zhang31
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Published on Oct 15, 2010in Science 41.06
Xiaoting Zheng14
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Xing Xu39
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+ 2 AuthorsFucheng Zhang31
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Nudds and Dyke (Reports, 14 May 2010, p. 887) compared the rachis diameters of the primary feathers of Archaeopteryx and Confuciusornis to those of modern birds and found that the primary feathers of these two basal birds were too weak to support sustained flight. Our measurements of Confuciusornis specimens suggest that their conclusions need to be further evaluated.
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Published on Feb 1, 2010in Nature 41.58
Fucheng Zhang31
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(Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Stuart L. Kearns16
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+ 5 AuthorsXiaolin Wang30
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(Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Here the presence of melanosomes — characteristic bodies that give feathers their colour — is demonstrated in feathers and feather-like structures of fossil early birds and dinosaurs from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Group of China. Not only is it shown that the feather–like structures of dinosaurs such as Sinosauropteryx really are akin to feathers, it is also possible to speculate in an informed way about their colour.
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Published on Feb 15, 2010in PLOS ONE 2.77
David W. E. Hone19
Estimated H-index: 19
(Chinese Academy of Sciences),
Helmut Tischlinger8
Estimated H-index: 8
+ 1 AuthorsFucheng Zhang31
Estimated H-index: 31
(Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Background The holotype of the theropod non-avian dinosaur Microraptor gui from the Early Cretaceous of China shows extensive preservation of feathers in a halo around the body and with flight feathers associated with both the fore and hindlimbs. It has been questioned as to whether or not the feathers did extend into the halo to reach the body, or had disassociated and moved before preservation. This taxon has important implications for the origin of flight in birds and the possibility of a fou...
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