Miocene waterfowl and other birds from central Otago, New Zealand

@article{Worthy2007MioceneWA,
  title={Miocene waterfowl and other birds from central Otago, New Zealand},
  author={Trevor H. Worthy and Alan James Drummond Tennyson and Craig M. Jones and J Mcnamara and Barry Douglas},
  journal={Journal of Systematic Palaeontology},
  year={2007},
  volume={5},
  pages={1 - 39}
}
Synopsis Abundant fossil bird bones from the lower Bannockburn Formation, Manuherikia Group, an Early‐Middle Miocene lacustrine deposit, 16–19 Ma, from Otago in New Zealand, reveal the “St Bathans Fauna” (new name), a first Tertiary avifauna of land and freshwater birds from New Zealand. At least 23 species of birds are represented by bones, and probable moa, Aves: Dinornithiformes, by eggshell. Anatids dominate the fauna with four genera and five species described as new: a sixth and largest… 
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