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meaning: "Fish bird"
Named By: Othniel Charles Marsh in 1872
Time Period: Late Cretaceous,[1] 93-83.5 Ma
Location: Canada, including Alberta and Saskatchewan. USA, including Alabama, Kansas, New Mexico & Texas
Size: About 24 centimetres long. Skeletal wingspan 43 centimetres long, in life would have been more with the addition of the feathers
Diet: Piscivore
Fossil(s): Multiple specimens including adult and juvenile individuals
Classification: | Chordata | Aves | Ornithurae | Carinatae | Ichthyornithes | Ichthyornithiformes | Ichthyornithidae |
Also known as: | Angelinornis | Colonosaurus | Graculavus anceps | Graculavus agilis | Ichthyornis agilis | Ichthyornis anceps | Ichthyornis antecessor | Ichthyornis tener | Ichthyornis victor | Ichthyornis validus | Plegadornis |

Ichthyornis (meaning "fish bird", after its fish-like vertebrae) was a genus of toothed seabird-like ornithuran from the late Cretaceous period of North America. Its fossil remains are known from the chalks of Alberta, Alabama, Kansas, New Mexico, Saskatchewan, and Texas, in strata that were laid down in the Western Interior Seaway during the Turonian through Campanian ages, about 95-83.5 million years ago. Ichthyornis is a common component of the Niobrara Formation fauna, and numerous specimens have been found.

Ichthyornis has been historically important in shedding light on bird evolution. It was the first known prehistoric bird relative preserved with teeth, and Charles Darwin noted its significance during the early years of the theory of evolution. Ichthyornis remains important today as it is one of the few Mesozoic era ornithurans known from more than a few specimens.

Read more about Ichthyornis at Wikipedia
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