[D] Alexornis antecedens [~/~]
Cretaceous Late Campanian
Saurischia Theropoda Tetanurae Coelurosauria Maniraptora Avialae Ornithothoraces Enantiornithes
\\\"La Bocana Roja\\\" Formation, Baja California Norte, Mexico
Holotype: LACM-33213 Discovered in 1971 by H. J. Garbani and J. Loewe in the Late Cretaceous La Bocana Roja Formation of northern Baja California (Morris 1974c; Brodkorb 1976). They consisted of the following bones: from the shoulder, a left scapula and left coracoid; from the wing, the right ulna (a forearm bone); from the legs, a left femur and the distal end of a right femur (upper leg bones), and the right tibiotarsus (lower leg bone) (Brodkorb 1976).
Brodkorb (1976) classiﬁed these sparrow-sized remains as belonging to a new genus and species of land bird he called Alexornis antecedens. Brodkorb named the genus Alexornis for his friend Alexander Wetmore; the species name means “going before in rank or time, ancestral,” in reference to the supposed ancestry of this bird to the orders Piciformes and Coraciiformes