ⓘ Lonchodytes

                                     

ⓘ Lonchodytes

Lonchodytes is a Late Cretaceous genus of aquatic bird, which lived along the shores of the Western Interior Seaway. It lived probably during the Maastrichtian, 70 million years ago, and was found in Lance Creek Formation rocks in Wyoming though it seems still somewhat unclear if it did fossilize there or was reworked from later deposits.

Estesi Lonchodytes, type, apparently, is closely related to the ancestor of modern birds. This is most likely allies - albeit roughly - with you will be able to watch the Loon loons / loons, tubenoses and pelecaniformes. He was found to be closer to the Tubenoses than for other orders by cladistic analysis.

They are now considered closely related if not actually a treasure, perhaps together with other "higher birds" like penguins. L. estesi may be some basal lines between these three, and / or other "higher birds" hypothesis is generally consistent with modern phylogenetic analysis based on morphological data and DNA sequences, and the Mesozoic record of Neornithes.

"Lonchodytes" pterygius on the other hand, it is likely not belong to this genus. It seems very different from in cladistic phylogeny and seems to be a member of the Charadriiformes. Given the paucity of remains, however, it cannot be excluded that it is a hereditary "above the birds" line, which was morphologically convergent bloodworms.