The fossil waterfowl (Aves: Anseriformes) from the Eocene of England


Dyke, Gareth J. (2001) The fossil waterfowl (Aves: Anseriformes) from the Eocene of England. American Museum Novitates, 3354, 1-15. (doi:10.1206/0003-0082(2001)354<0001:TFWAAF>2.0.CO;2).

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The taxonomy and phylogenetic positions of the fossil waterfowl (Aves: Anseriformes) described from the Eocene of England are reviewed. Although a total of six species within five genera have been described, only the phylogenetic positions of the two taxa Anatalavis oxfordi Olson and Headonornis (Lydekker) can be hypothesized with confidence within the order Anseriformes. Anatalavis oxfordi is considered to be the sistertaxon to a clade comprising another fossil waterfowl, Presbyornis Wetmore, and the extant true ducks, Anatidae, whereas Headonornis may be congeneric with Presbyornis Fossil material referred to the genera Palaeopapia Harrison and Walker and Paracygnopterus Harrison and Walker is considered Aves incertae sedis

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0003-0082 (print)
Subjects: Q Science > QE Geology
Q Science > QH Natural history
Divisions: Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences > Ocean and Earth Science > Ocean Biochemistry & Ecosystems
ePrint ID: 205301
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2011 15:21
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:48
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/205301

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