Ratite Eggshells from Lanzarote, Canary Islands

  title={Ratite Eggshells from Lanzarote, Canary Islands},
  author={E. G. Franz Sauer and P. Rothe},
  pages={43 - 45}
Struthious and aepyornithoid eggshells from Tertiary calcareous sediments on Lanzarote prove the presence, until about 12 million years ago, of large flightless birds. The calcarenite horizon is recognized as an old land surface. Mesozoic sedimentary rocks in the basement of the volcanic islands of Lanzarote and neighboring Fuerteventura indicate that at least part of the Canary Archipelago is underlain by continental crust. Separation of the eastern Canaries from Africa raight have been by… Expand
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This research was supported by the National Research Council of Canada. I thank Prof