Parrots in a nutshell: The fossil record of Psittaciformes (Aves)

@article{Waterhouse2006ParrotsIA,
  title={Parrots in a nutshell: The fossil record of Psittaciformes (Aves)},
  author={David M. Waterhouse},
  journal={Historical Biology},
  year={2006},
  volume={18},
  pages={227 - 238}
}
  • D. Waterhouse
  • Published 1 January 2006
  • Environmental Science
  • Historical Biology
Parrots (traditional order Psittaciformes) are one of the most instantly recognizable groups of modern birds. Their relatively large heads, squat necks and broad, curved bills help to make parrots so easily identifiable. However, the few early fossil parrots that have been discovered to date (Lower Eocene), do not necessarily possess this “parrot-like” cranial morphology. Even more surprisingly, early psittaciforms have mainly been found in the northern hemisphere (Walton-on-the-Naze, England… 

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