The oldest European fossil songbird from the early Oligocene of Germany

@article{Mayr2004TheOE,
  title={The oldest European fossil songbird from the early Oligocene of Germany},
  author={Gerald Mayr and Albrecht Manegold},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2004},
  volume={91},
  pages={173-177}
}
We report on the oldest European songbird (Passeriformes), from the early Oligocene (30–34 million years ago) of Frauenweiler in Germany. The specimen represents the earliest associated remains of an early Tertiary passerine described so far. It ties the first appearance of Passeriformes in Europe to a minimum age of 30 million years. Passeriform birds are absent in Eocene deposits that yielded abundant remains of small land birds and apparently dispersed into Europe around the Eocene/Oligocene… CONTINUE READING

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