Well-preserved new skeleton of the Middle Eocene Messelastur substantiates sister group relationship between Messelasturidae and Halcyornithidae (Aves, ?Pan-Psittaciformes)

  title={Well-preserved new skeleton of the Middle Eocene Messelastur substantiates sister group relationship between Messelasturidae and Halcyornithidae (Aves, ?Pan-Psittaciformes)},
  author={Gerald Mayr},
  journal={Journal of Systematic Palaeontology},
  pages={159 - 171}
  • G. Mayr
  • Published 2011
  • Biology
  • Journal of Systematic Palaeontology
A virtually uncrushed skeleton of Messelastur gratulator from the Middle Eocene of Messel (Germany) is described, which for the first time preserves the feet of this poorly known avian species. The new fossil corroborates a close relationship between Messelastur and the early Eocene Tynskya eocaena, from which M. gratulator differs in its more raptor-like feet. The specimen further shows that the Messelasturidae are the sister taxon of the early Eocene Halcyornithidae (‘Pseudasturidae’), which… Expand
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