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Systemic revision of the Phorusrhacidae (Aves: Ralliformes)
The Phorusrhacidae family probably originated in South America, since the end of the Cretaceous, as a result of an endemism formed by the isolation of this landmass, and spread to the North America where at least one species is known Titanis walleri, which perhaps represents the last known species of this family.
Osteology of the Shoulder Girdle in the Piciformes, Passeriformes and Related Groups of Birds
A number of observed characters justify inclusion only the families Indicatoridae, Picidae, Capitonidae and Ramphastidae in the order Piciformes, while also demonstrating a close resemblance with the Passeriformes that suggests a monophyletic origin for these two orders.
THE ANHINGAS (AVES: ANHINGIDAE) FROM THE UPPER TERTIARY (MIOCENE–PLIOCENE) OF SOUTHWESTERN AMAZONIA
Abstract Two new species of anhingas are described from upper Miocene–Pliocene (Huayquerian) sediments of southwestern Amazonia, increasing the known diversity of these birds to two genera and at…
Higher-level phylogeny and morphological evolution of tyrant flycatchers, cotingas, manakins, and their allies (Aves: Tyrannida).
Spatial-temporal changes in Andean plateau climate and elevation from stable isotopes of mammal teeth
Phorusrhacids: the Terror Birds
South American and Antarctic Continental Cenozoic Birds — Paleobiogeographic Affinities and Disparities
- Herculano Alvarenga
- Environmental Science, Geography
- 7 March 2014
This book is a wonderful update of the published literature on continental South American Cenozoic birds. Naturally, with several comments and new opinions on the taxonomy and morphological…
The youngest record of phorusrhacid birds (Aves, Phorusrhacidae) from the late Pleistocene of Uruguay
We report the youngest record of a phorusrhacid bird based on a distal portion of a right tarsometatarsus. This fossil comes from late Pleistocene sediments of Uruguay. The age determination was…
Out of Africa: Fossils shed light on the origin of the hoatzin, an iconic Neotropic bird
- G. Mayr, Herculano Alvarenga, C. Mourer-Chauviré
- Geography, Environmental ScienceNaturwissenschaften
- 1 October 2011
It is shown that Namibiavis senutae from the early Miocene of Namibia is another, previously misclassified representative of Opisthocomiformes, which documents that the extant Neotropic distribution of hoatzins is relictual.
A New Genus Of Small Teratorn From The Middle Tertiary Of The Taubate Basin, Brazil (Aves : Teratornithidae)
Taubatornis campbelli was smaller than other known species of the Teratornithidae and was found syntopic with fossils of New World vultures of the family Cathartidae (Vulturidae auct.).