A new species of Oligo-Miocene darter (Aves: Anhingidae) from Australia

Trevor H. Worthy

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    A single fossil tarsometatarsus from the Etadunna Formation, of Late Oligocene-Early Miocene age, at the Snake Dam Locality in South Australia reveals the first pre-Pliocene record of anhingids in Australia. Anhinga walterbolesi sp. nov. provides the oldest record globally for the Anhingidae and, with the contemporary presence of stem-group phalacrocoracids in the same formation, indicates a probable Early Oligocene to Eocene age for the common ancestor of anhingids and phalacrocoracids.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)96-104
    Number of pages9
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


    • Anhinga
    • Bird fossil
    • Oligo-Miocene
    • South Australia


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