The mousebirds (Aves: Coliiformes) from the Middle Eocene of Grube Messel (Hessen, Germany)

@article{Mayr1998TheM,
  title={The mousebirds (Aves: Coliiformes) from the Middle Eocene of Grube Messel (Hessen, Germany)},
  author={Gerald Mayr and Dieter Stefan Peters},
  journal={Senckenbergiana lethaea},
  year={1998},
  volume={78},
  pages={179-197}
}
The monophyly of the Coliiformes (Sandcoleidae + Coliidae) is well corroborated with the recognition of ten osteological synapomorphies. So far, four species of coliiform birds are known from the Middle Eocene of Grube Messel (Hessen, Germany). Members of both the Sandcoleidae and of the Coliidae have been identified.Eoglaucidium pallasFischer 1987, originally assigned to the Strigiformes (owls), is referred to the Sandcoleidae and for the first time complete skeletons of this species are… Expand
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