Mid-Pliocene bald ibis (Geronticus cf. calvus; Aves: Threskiornithidae) from the Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng, South Africa and its environmental and evolutionary implications

@article{Pavia2017MidPlioceneBI,
  title={Mid-Pliocene bald ibis (Geronticus cf. calvus; Aves: Threskiornithidae) from the Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng, South Africa and its environmental and evolutionary implications},
  author={M. Pavia and Gregory B.P. Davies and D. Gommery and L. Kgasi},
  journal={PalZ},
  year={2017},
  volume={91},
  pages={237-243}
}
  • M. Pavia, Gregory B.P. Davies, +1 author L. Kgasi
  • Published 2017
  • Biology
  • PalZ
  • We document the presence of the bald ibis genus Geronticus Wagler, 1832 (Aves: Threskiornithidae) from the mid-Pliocene (ca. 3–3.5 Ma) of South Africa based on an incomplete skull from the Bolt’s Farm Cave System (Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng, South Africa). The fossil cranium is distinct on morphometric and structural grounds from Geronticus apelex, the only other Pliocene Geronticus described from Southern Africa, but is very close in dimensions and general morphology to the extant G. calvus… CONTINUE READING
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