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Osteology supports a stem-galliform affinity for the giant extinct flightless bird Sylviornis neocaledoniae (Sylviornithidae, Galloanseres)

Worthy, Trevor H; Mitri, Miyess; Handley, Warren D; Lee, Michael S Y; Anderson, Atholl; Sand, Christophe

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The giant flightless bird Sylviornis neocaledoniae (Aves: Sylviornithidae) existed on La Grande Terre and Ile des Pins, New Caledonia, until the late Holocene when it went extinct shortly after human arrival on these islands. The species was generally considered to be a megapode (Megapodiidae) until the family Sylviornithidae was erected for it in 2005 to reflect multiple cranial autapomorphies. However, despite thousands of bones having been reported for this unique and enigmatic taxon, the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016-03-30
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/111437
Source: PloS one
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0150871

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