Sunday, April 1, 2012

What Is Enantiornis?

Enantiornis leali was among the first enantiornithes to be found, and the first to be recognized as a member of a unique lineage of "opposite birds" separate from modern birds (Gobipteryx minuta, now recognized as an advanced enantiornithe, was found earlier). But despite being such a widely recognized and historically important member of its namesake group, little can actually be said about this species in terms of ecology or life appearance. Of course, that can't stop us from trying to figure out as much as we can by examining the available evidence and ecological context of these long-dead birds.