A large ergilornithine (Aves, Gruiformes) from the Late Miocene of the Balkan Peninsula

  title={A large ergilornithine (Aves, Gruiformes) from the Late Miocene of the Balkan Peninsula},
  author={Nikita Zelenkov and Zlatozar Boev and Georgios Theodoros Lazaridis},
  journal={Pal{\"a}ontologische Zeitschrift},
Abstract A very large alledged bustard, Otishellenica (Boev et al. in Geol Balc 42:59–64, 2013), described from the Late Miocene of the continental Greece, is reinterpreted here as a member of Ergilornithinae (family Eogruidae), an extinct taxon of large cursorial gruiform birds convergently similar to ostriches. This is the western-most find of Ergilornithinae and the first documentation of this taxon in the continental Europe outside the territory of the former Soviet Union (Ukraine and… 
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