Hi, I'm Andrew and I’m just a simple 19 year old guy and zoology student that posts random factoids about obscure animals and general animal science/zoology/biology stuff so if you like animals this is the place for you, if you only like cute animals this is not the place for you… Also I can ID any animals you might need identified (just submit them to me).

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Family Polioptilidae: A family of passerine birds commonly known as "Gnatcatchers". All gnatcatchers are native to the New World, being found in both North and South America. Gnatcatchers are close relatives of the wrens and some species are known as "Gnatwrens".

Image: Erikwlyon

 

Econfuciusornis zhengi

…a species of confuciusornithiform bird that lived in Early Cretaceous China. Like other members of Confuciusornithidae E.zhengi  possessed both shafted and non-shafted feathers and was capable of flight, it probably acted similar to modern birds. E.zhengi was smaller than the famous Confuciusornis it also had longer legs and lacked a pierced deltopectoral crest on the humerus.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Confuciusornithiformes-Confuciusornithidae-Econfuciusornis-E.zhengi

Images: Nobu Tamura and University of Bristol

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