Paleontology Institute, Shenyang Normal University, Shenyang, Liaoning 110034, China
This study was supported by the director founation item of experiment center of Shenyang Normal University (Grant No.sy201101), National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 41202014).
A new Early Cretaceous enantiornithine bird from Liaoning Province of northeastern China, Shengjingornis yangi, gen. et sp. nov., is reported. This new bird possesses the following unique combination of features: a long rostrum, with some teeth in the front; short nasal; slender jugal; Y-shaped furcula, with expanded distal end of the hypocleidum; cake-like sternum, with a low and caudally distributed keel; strut-like and caudally concave coracoid. The derived features of the scapula and the wings suggest a powerful flapping flight capability.