A late Miocene-early Pliocene Mihirung bird (Aves: Dromornithidae) from Victoria, southeast Australia

Park, Travis and Fitzgerald, Erich M. G. 2012, A late Miocene-early Pliocene Mihirung bird (Aves: Dromornithidae) from Victoria, southeast Australia, Alcheringa : an Australasian journal of palaeontology, vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 419-422.

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Title A late Miocene-early Pliocene Mihirung bird (Aves: Dromornithidae) from Victoria, southeast Australia
Author(s) Park, Travis
Fitzgerald, Erich M. G.
Journal name Alcheringa : an Australasian journal of palaeontology
Volume number 36
Issue number 3
Start page 419
End page 422
Total pages 4
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Colchester, England
Publication date 2012-07-30
ISSN 0311-5518
Keyword(s) Australia
aves
bird
Dromornithidae
fossil
Miocene
Pliocene
Summary An incomplete tarsometatarsus identified as an indeterminate species of Dromornithidae is described from the upper Miocene–lower Pliocene shallow marine Black Rock Sandstone at Beaumaris, Victoria, Australia. This isolated specimen represents one of the few pre-Pleistocene dromornithids with a well-constrained geologic age. Additionally, it is one of the few pre-Quaternary dromornithid fossils recorded from southeast Australia. Comparisons with known dromornithid taxa suggest that the Beaumaris dromornithid is distinct from previously
established species. This hitherto unknown species of dromornithid in the late Neogene of southeastern Australia cautions against deriving evolutionary patterns solely on the basis of fossils from northern Australia.
Language eng
Field of Research 040308 Palaeontology (incl Palynology)
Socio Economic Objective 970104 Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Association of Australasian Palaeontologists
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30049594

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Life and Environmental Sciences
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