A mousebird (Aves, Coliiformes) from the Eocene of England

Dyke, Gareth J. and Waterhouse, David M. (2001) A mousebird (Aves, Coliiformes) from the Eocene of England. Journal für Ornithologie, 141, (1), 7-15. (doi:10.1046/j.1439-0361.2000.00040.x).


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The first fossil mousebird (Aves, Coliiformes) known from the Eocene of England is described. This taxon, Eocolius walkeri gen. n. sp. n., is assigned to the order Coliiformes (mousebirds) on the basis of a character of the proximal ulna (large cotyla dorsalis). The degree of similarity between the preserved elements of Eocolius and those of the other known fossil and Recent taxa further support this conclusion. At present, this new taxon is considered to occupy an unresolved position near to the base of the coliiform ingroup; the phylogenetic position of Eocolius cannot be resolved further owing to a lack of preservation of diagnostic characters

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0021-8375 (print)
1439-0361 (electronic)
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: 205315
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2011 09:08
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:48
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/205315

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