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The Fossil Record of Birds
Anatomy and Systematics of the Confuciusornithidae (Theropoda: Aves) from the Late Mesozoic of Northeastern China
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FOSSIL EVIDENCE FOR A DIVERSE BIOTA FROM KAUA‘I AND ITS TRANSFORMATION SINCE HUMAN ARRIVAL
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It is confirmed that the prehuman lowlands of dry leeward Kaua’i included plants and animals previously known only in wetter and cooler habitats, and efforts to restore lowland areas in the Hawaiian Islands must take into account the evidence from this study.
Fossil Birds from the Hawaiian Islands: Evidence for Wholesale Extinction by Man Before Western Contact
Thousands of fossil bird bones from the Hawaiian Islands collected since 1971 include remains of at least 39 species of land birds that are not known to have survived into the historic period; this
mtDNA from fossils reveals a radiation of Hawaiian geese recently derived from the Canada goose (Branta canadensis)
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Application of a rate calibration to levels of DNA divergence suggests that the giant Hawaii goose evolved on the island of Hawaii in less than 500,000 years, consistent with the potassium/argon-based age of the Island of Hawaii of 430,000–500, thousands of years.
A Lower Eocene Frigatebird from the Green River Formation of Wyoming (Pelecaniformes: Fregatidae)
Olson, Storrs L. A Lower Eocene Frigatebird from the Green River Formation of Wyoming (Pelecaniformes: Fregatidae). Smithsonian Contributions to Paleobiology, number 35, 33 pages, 31 figures, 1977.—A
A radiation of coly-like birds from the Eocene of North America (Aves: Sandcoleiformes new order)
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A new order and family (Sandcolei formes: Sandcoleidae) is erected for the Middle Eocene genera Eobucco Feduccia and Martin 1976, Uintornis Marsh 1872, and Botauroides Shufeldt 1915 of Wyoming and three new genera from the Lower Eocene of Wyoming.
Zoogeography of West Indian Vertebrates in Relation to Pleistocene Climatic Cycles
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The literature on the late Pleistocene fossil record is synthesized to relate this to the influence of Pleistsocene climatic and sea level changes on vertebrate distributions in the West Indies and finds the application to be of great use in interpreting puzzling patterns of distribution.
Fossil Birds from the Oligocene Jebel Qatrani Formation Fayum Province, Egypt
Rasmussen, D. Tab, Storrs L. Olson, and Elwyn L. Simons. Fossil Birds from the Oligocène Jebel Qatrani Formation, Fayum Province, Egypt. Smithsonian Contributions to Paleobiology, number 62, 20
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