Ichthyornis


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Ichthyornis

[ik·thē′ȯr·nəs]
(paleontology)
The type genus of Ichthyornithidae.
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This extraordinary new specimen reveals the surprisingly late retention of dinosaur-like features in the skull of Ichthyornis - one of the closest-known relatives of modern birds from the Age of Reptiles," Daniel Field of the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath, who was co-lead author on the study, said in (https://news.yale.edu/2018/05/02/scientists-find-first-bird-beak-right-under-their-noses) the statement.
The Ichthyornis dispar beak suggests its brain was similar to that of modern birds, but the temporal region of the skull was much like what dinosaurs had.
"Ichthyornis would have looked very similar to today's seabirds, probably very much like a gull or tern.
Titled "Complete Ichthyornis skull illuminates mosaic assembly of the avian head," (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0053-y) the paper appeared online Wednesday in the journal Nature.
Since it was first described, the avian genus Ichthyornis has been among the taxa most associated with the classic chalk strata of North America.
Ichthyornis was reported from the Cretaceous of Texas by Marsh (1877).
In fact, two well-documented Texas specimens of Ichthyornis have been known since 1940, although they apparently have not been described.
Remove Ichthyornis's ability to steal kibble from dino inventories.