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Ostrich-like eggshells from a 10.1 million-yr-old Miocene ape locality, Haritalyangar, Himachal Pradesh, India

Patnaik, Rajeev; Sahni, Ashok; Cameron, David; Pillans, Bradley; Chatrath, Prithijit; Simons, Elwyn; Williams, Martin A; Bibi, Faysal

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We report fossil ratite eggshells from the site, Dharamsala of Dhok Pathan Formation (Middle Siwaliks), dated to 10.1 Ma. A comparative analysis reveals that in their combination of eggshell surface, pore, pore canal morphology and cross-sectional features, the Indian eggshells show closest affinity with the widely distributed Neogene fossil taxon Struthiolithus, and as such are assigned to cf. Struthiolithus. We have carried out a parsimony analysis of all relevant extinct and extant...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/55238
Source: Current Science

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