The Earliest Recorded Fossil Pelican, Recovered from the Late Eocene of Wadi Al-Hitan, Egypt

  title={The Earliest Recorded Fossil Pelican, Recovered from the Late Eocene of Wadi Al-Hitan, Egypt},
  author={Joseph J. El Adli and Jeffrey A. Wilson Mantilla and Mohammed S. Antar and Philip D. Gingerich},
  journal={Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology},
ABSTRACT The Paleogene record of pelicans (Pelecanidae) is represented at present by a single early Oligocene specimen from southeastern France. Here we describe a new pelecanid from the early Priabonian portion of the Birket Qarun Formation within the Wadi Al-Hitan World Heritage Site in Egypt. This specimen, a nearly complete right tibiotarsus, is the first definitive pelecanid recovered from Eocene strata. The tibiotarsus is remarkably similar to those of known Pelecanus species, but… 
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