Old World Fossil Record of Modern-Type Hummingbirds

@article{Mayr2004OldWF,
  title={Old World Fossil Record of Modern-Type Hummingbirds},
  author={Gerald Mayr},
  journal={Science},
  year={2004},
  volume={304},
  pages={861 - 864}
}
  • G. Mayr
  • Published 2004
  • Geography, Medicine
  • Science
I report on tiny skeletons of stem-group hummingbirds from the early Oligocene of Germany that are of essentially modern appearance and exhibit morphological specializations toward nectarivory and hovering flight. These are the oldest fossils of modern-type hummingbirds, which had not previously been reported from the Old World. The findings demonstrate that early hummingbird evolution was not restricted to the New World. They further suggest that bird–flower coevolution dates back to the early… Expand

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