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Halcyornithid from the Nanjemoy Formation (1 Viewer)

albertonykus

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Carpenter, J. and D.C. Parris (2020)
An additional bird fossil from the Fisher/Sullivan Site, Eocene of Virginia, U.S.A.
The Mosasaur 11: 92-95
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1x3nKRYuNNN4z_EtZB3yjzZo9xmF2YSQn/view

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The Fisher/Sullivan Site is well-known for its flora and fauna, derived from the Nanjemoy Formation (Weems and Grimsley, 1999) and the avifauna has been particularly well-studied and revised (Olson, 1999; Mayr, 2016). We report here an avian bone from this important Lower Eocene site which we believe to be attributable to an early halcyornithid.
 
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Fred Ruhe

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Netherlands
Great find Albert!

SYSTEMATIC PALEONTOLOGY

Order Psittacopasseres Suh et al. 2011
Cf. Family Halcyornithidae Harrison and Walker 1972 Referred Material: USNM PAL 706444: a right distal tarsometatarsus


Figure 1. USNM PAL 706444, cf. Halcyornithidae, right distal tarsometatarsus in dorsal (anterior) view,
photographed between the tarsometatarsi of NJSM-B-270, Fred. The fragmentary
specimen is the comparable right side.

Figure 2. USNM PAL 706444, cf. Halcyornithidae, right distal tarsometatarsus in plantar (posterior)
view, photographed between the tarsometatarsi of NJSM-B-270, Bonasa umbellus. The fragmentary
specimen is the comparable right side.

Fred
 

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