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Two new fossil parrots (Psittaciformes) from the Lower Eocene Fur Formation of Denmark

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Two new fossil psittaciform birds from the Lower Eocene ‘Mo Clay’ (Fur Formation) of Denmark (c. 54 Ma) are described. An unnamed specimen is assigned to the extinct avian family of stem-group parrots, Pseudasturidae (genus and species incertae sedis), while a second (Mopsitta tanta gen. et sp. nov.) is the largest fossil parrot yet known. Both specimens are the first fossil records of these birds from Denmark. Although the phylogenetic position of Mopsitta is unclear (it is classified as family incertae sedis), this form is phylogenetically closer to Recent Pstittacidae than to other known Palaeogene psittaciforms and may, therefore, represent the oldest known crown-group parrot.

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Waterhouse, David W., Lindow, Bent E.K., Zelenkov, Nikita V. and Dyke, Gareth J. (2008) Two new fossil parrots (Psittaciformes) from the Lower Eocene Fur Formation of Denmark Palaeontology, 51, (3), pp. 575-582. (doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2008.00777.x).

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e-pub ahead of print date: 15 May 2008
Published date: May 2008
Keywords: psittaciformes, pseudasturidae, parrots, palaeogene, eocene, denmark
Organisations: Ocean Biochemistry & Ecosystems

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Local EPrints ID: 205191
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/205191
ISSN: 0031-0239
PURE UUID: f42228c5-d22f-499e-9842-061b02e6ecbe

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Date deposited: 07 Dec 2011 12:24
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:05

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Author: David W. Waterhouse
Author: Bent E.K. Lindow
Author: Nikita V. Zelenkov
Author: Gareth J. Dyke

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