Stratigraphic distribution of large flightless birds in the Palaeogene of Europe and its palaeobiological and palaeogeographical implications

Eric Buffetaut, Delphine Angst

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Abstract

Three main groups of large flightless birds are known from the Palaeogene of Europe: Gastornithidae, Ratitae, and Phorusrhacidae. Gastornithids have the longest and most complete record (Selandian to middle Lutetian). Ratites have a patchy record (Thanetian and Lutetian). Phorusrhacids are known only from the late Lutetian. Gastornithids probably originated in Europe, whereas phorusrhacids probably reached Europe from Africa.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSTRATI 2013
Subtitle of host publicationFirst International Congress on Stratigraphy At the Cutting Edge of Stratigraphy
EditorsRogério Rocha, João Pais, José Carlos Kullberg, Stanley Finney
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Pages1005-1008
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9783319043647
ISBN (Print)9783319043630
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Apr 2014
EventStrati 2013 -
Duration: 1 Jul 20137 Jul 2013

Conference

ConferenceStrati 2013
Period1/07/137/07/13

Keywords

  • Aves
  • Gastornithidae
  • Phorusrhacidae
  • Ratites
  • Europe
  • Palaeogene

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