A new raptorial bird from the Middle Eocene of Messel, Germany

  title={A new raptorial bird from the Middle Eocene of Messel, Germany},
  author={Gerald Mayr},
  journal={Historical Biology},
  pages={106 - 99}
  • G. Mayr
  • Published 1 January 2006
  • Biology
  • Historical Biology
Raptorial birds (“Falconiformes”) are very rare in the Middle Eocene fossil site Messel in Germany. In this study, a new taxon, Masillaraptor parvunguis gen. et sp. nov., is described that, as indicated by its long legs, appears to have been a fairly terrestrial bird, with rather weak claws and a beak without a strongly hooked tip. Phylogenetic assignment of M. parvunguis is, however, aggravated by the uncertainty concerning monophyly of, and relationships within, extant “Falconiformes… 
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