Skeleton of a New Owl from the Early Eocene of North America (Aves, Strigiformes) with an Accipitrid-Like Foot Morphology

  title={Skeleton of a New Owl from the Early Eocene of North America (Aves, Strigiformes) with an Accipitrid-Like Foot Morphology},
  author={Gerald Mayr and Philip D. Gingerich and Thierry Smith},
  journal={Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology},
ABSTRACT We describe a partial skeleton of a large-sized owl from Wasatchian strata of the Willwood Formation (Wyoming, U.S.A.). The holotype of Primoptynx poliotauros, gen. et sp. nov., includes all major postcranial bones and is one of the most substantial Paleogene records of the Strigiformes. The fossil shows that owls exhibited a considerable morphological diversity in the early Eocene of North America and occupied disparate ecological niches. As in the protostrigid taxon Minerva from the… Expand
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