A chicken-sized crane precursor from the early Oligocene of France

  title={A chicken-sized crane precursor from the early Oligocene of France},
  author={Gerald Mayr},
  • G. Mayr
  • Published 29 July 2005
  • Geography
  • Naturwissenschaften
A skeleton of a chicken-sized crane precursor is described from the Lower Oligocene of the Lubéron in Southern France. Parvigrus pohli gen. et sp. nov. is the most substantial Paleogene fossil record of the Grues (Aramidae [limpkin] + Gruidae [cranes]), and among its oldest representatives. The fossil species is classified in the new taxon Parvigruidae, which is shown to be the sister group of extant Grues. It is the first fossil record of a stem lineage representative of the Grues and, among… 

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