EARLIEST AFRICAN NEORNITHINE BIRD: A NEW SPECIES OF PROPHAETHONTIDAE (AVES) FROM THE PALEOCENE OF MOROCCO

@inproceedings{Bourdon2005EARLIESTAN,
  title={EARLIEST AFRICAN NEORNITHINE BIRD: A NEW SPECIES OF PROPHAETHONTIDAE (AVES) FROM THE PALEOCENE OF MOROCCO},
  author={Estelle Bourdon and Ba{\^a}di Bouya and Mohamed Iarochene},
  year={2005}
}
Abstract A new taxon of the Prophaethontidae (Aves) is described from the phosphatic beds of the Ouled Abdoun Basin, Morocco. Lithoptila abdounensis gen. et sp. nov. is represented by a single, well-preserved neurocranium, dated as upper Paleocene (Thanetian) on the basis of the selachians identified in the matrix. This specimen is the oldest known African neornithine bird and the oldest record of the Prophaethontidae. It bears some striking resemblance to Prophaethon shrubsolei Andrews, 1899… 

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