A Large Fruit Pigeon (Columbidae) from the Early Miocene of New Zealand

  title={A Large Fruit Pigeon (Columbidae) from the Early Miocene of New Zealand},
  author={Trevor H. Worthy and S. Hand and Jennifer P. Worthy and A. Tennyson and R. Paul Scofield},
  • Trevor H. Worthy, S. Hand, +2 authors R. Paul Scofield
  • Published 2009
  • Biology
  • ABSTRACT. We describe a new genus and species of pigeon (Columbiformes) from a single coracoid from the St Bathans Fauna of New Zealand (16–19 mya). It is the first columbid species described from pre-Pliocene deposits in Australasia. Two apomorphies identify the fossil as belonging to the ptilinopine group of fruit pigeons, among which it is most similar to Hemiphaga, the large fruit pigeon currently endemic to the New Zealand biogeographic area. This reveals that the Hemiphaga lineage has… CONTINUE READING
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