A giant flightless pigeon gen. et sp. nov. and a new species of Ducula (Aves: Columbidae), from Quaternary deposits in Fiji

@article{Worthy2001AGF,
  title={A giant flightless pigeon gen. et sp. nov. and a new species of Ducula (Aves: Columbidae), from Quaternary deposits in Fiji},
  author={Trevor H. Worthy},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand},
  year={2001},
  volume={31},
  pages={763 - 794}
}
  • T. Worthy
  • Published 1 December 2001
  • Biology
  • Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand
A new genus and species are erected for a giant flightless pigeon described from post‐cranial fossil bones from four Quaternary sites on Viti Levu, Fiji, in the South Pacific Lack of cranial material and transformations associated with large size and loss of flight obscure its relationships, but some characters of the tarsometatarsus, tibiotarsus, and humerus are closer to Goura than to any other taxon The new taxon approaches the dodo and the solitaire in size, but its wings were not as… 
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