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Subclass Enantiornithes

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Knapp, Robbin D. 1998. "Subclass Enantiornithes" in Robb's Online Multimedia Database of Animals and Plants. Sept. 23, 1998.

Orders of the Subclass Enantiornithes ("opposite" birds)

so-named because certain features of their anatomy seem to be arranged in an opposite manner to those of recent birds, i.e. Neornithes

  1. Gobipterygiformes ("Gobi wing" birds) extinct
    Families:
    • Gobipterygidae
      Genera:
      • Gobipteryx
      • Horezmavis
  2. Enantiornithiformes ("opposite" birds) extinct
    Families:
    • Enantiornithidae
      Genera:
      • Enantiornis
      • Nanantius
  3. Zhyraornithiformes (membership in Enantiornithes uncertain) extinct
    Families:
    • Zhyraornithidae
      Genera:
      • Zhyraornis
  4. (Orders of following families uncertain or at least unknown to me) extinct
    • Alexornithidae
      Genera:
      • Alexornis (membership in Enantiornithes uncertain)
      • Kizylkumavis (membership in Alexornithidae and Enantiornithes uncertain)
      • Sazavis
    • Avisauridae
      Genera:
      • Avisaurus
      • Neuquenornis
      • Soroavisaurus
    • Cathayornithidae
      Genera:
      • Cathayornis
    • (Families of following genera uncertain or at least unknown to me)
      • Concornis
      • Confuciusornis
      • Eoalulavis ("dawn bird with an alula ('little wing')")
        Species:
        • E. hoyasi ("Eoalulavis from Las Hoyas (Spain)")
      • Lectavis
      • Otogornis (membership in Enantiornithes uncertain)
      • Sinornis (membership in Enantiornithes uncertain)
      • Yungavolucris

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