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Vanolimicola longihallucis, gen. et sp. nov.

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Old Thursday 16th February 2017, 07:15   #1
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Vanolimicola longihallucis, gen. et sp. nov.

Gerald Mayr, 2017 (in press)

A small, “wader-like” bird from the Early Eocene of Messel (Germany)

Annales de Paléontologie, Articles in Press

Abstract: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science...l/aip/07533969

A small bird with a shorebird-like beak and a very long hind toe is described from the Early Eocene of Messel in Germany. Vanolimicola longihallucis, gen. et sp. nov. is one of the few candidate species for a “wading bird” from Messel, that is, a bird that may have foraged along the shoreline of the ancient lake. A few features indicate a relationship to charadriiform birds and Jacanidae (jacanas) in particular, but charadriiform affinities are only weakly supported. In the preserved skeletal elements, V. longihallucis also resembles the taxon Songzia from the Early Eocene of China, which is considered to be a representative of the Ralloidea (rails and allies). A potential biogeographic significance of the new Messel fossil is strengthened by similar fossils from the North American Green River Formation.

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Old Saturday 18th February 2017, 08:58   #2
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Etymology: The name is derived from vanum (Lat.), appearance,and Limicola, a taxon of “limicoline” Charadriiformes, in referenceto the wader-like overall morphology of the new taxon.

Etymology: The species epithet refers to the long hallux of thenew species.

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