A goose-sized anseriform bird from the late Oligocene of France: the youngest record and largest species of Romainvilliinae

Gerald Mayr, Vanesa De Pietri

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    Abstract

    We describe a new anseriform bird from the late Oligocene of Saint-André, Marseille, in southern France. Saintandrea chenoides, gen. et sp. nov. is the first avian species reported from the locality, which is well known for its mammalian fossils. The new species belongs to the extinct Romainvilliinae and represents the latest occurrence of the taxon, which was before only known from the late Eocene and early Oligocene of Europe. S. chenoides is also the largest species of Romainvilliinae and increases the known morphological diversity of the taxon. The identification of a goose-sized representative of the Romainvilliinae in the late Oligocene of Europe raises the possibility that some of the large late Paleogene or early Neogene Anseriformes with uncertain phylogenetic affinities also belong to this taxon.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)423-430
    Number of pages8
    JournalPALAEONTOLOGISCHE ZEITSCHRIFT
    Volume87
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013

    Keywords

    • Anseriformes
    • Chattian
    • Fossil birds
    • Saint-André
    • Saintandreachenoides, gen. et sp. nov

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