Clade Avialae Gauthier 1986 (avialan)

Reptilia - Avetheropoda

Full reference: J. A. Gauthier. 1986. Saurischian monophyly and the origin of birds. The Origin of Birds and the Evolution of Flight, K. Padian (ed.), Memoirs of the California Academy of Sciences 8:1-55

Parent taxon: Maniraptora according to U. Lefevre et al. 2014

See also Clarke and Chiappe 2001, Gao and Liu 2005, Gauthier 1986, Godefroit et al. 2013, Holtz 2000, Maryanska et al. 2002, Novas 1996, Novas 1997, Padian et al. 1999, Perle et al. 1994, Perle et al. 1993 and Zhang et al. 2008

Sister taxa: Alvarezsauridae, Alvarezsauroidea, Anchiornithidae, Fukuivenator, Montanoolithidae, Oviraptorosauria, Palaeopteryx, Paraves, Yixianosaurus

Subtaxa: Archaeopterygidae Archaeopteryx Aurornis Dalianraptor Llerdopteryx Llerdopteryx viai Scansoriopterygidae Wellnhoferia Wyleyia Wyleyia valdensis

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Ecology: ground dwelling carnivore

Distribution:

• Cretaceous of Canada (4: Alberta collections), China (2), France (1), Japan (1), Madagascar (2), Romania (1), Spain (3), the United Kingdom (1), United States (1: Utah)

• Jurassic of China (2), Germany (9)

Total: 27 collections including 29 occurrences

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