The Elements of Evolution (23-4-1) Confuciusornis


Confuciusornis was a crow-sized bird that arose 130 MYA; a transitional genus toward a more modern bird. Though Confuciusornis had slower growth than modern birds, it matured faster than Archaeopteryx. Confuciu-sornis had a pointed toothless beak and no long tail, though some had bladelike tail feathers. Confuciusornis had long wing feathers that were modern in appearance, but its upper body skeleton had not evolved to allow the flapping flight characteristic of modern birds.