Paleontological Journal

, Volume 45, Issue 2, pp 191–199

Diving ducks from the Middle Miocene of western Mongolia

Authors

    • Borissiak Paleontological InstituteRussian Academy of Sciences
Article

DOI: 10.1134/S0031030111020195

Cite this article as:
Zelenkov, N.V. Paleontol. J. (2011) 45: 191. doi:10.1134/S0031030111020195

Abstract

Medium-sized diving ducks from the Middle Miocene of the Sharga locality (western Mongolia) are described. Sharganetta mongolica gen. et sp. nov. and Nogusunna conflictoides gen. et sp. nov. are evolutionary more advanced than the thoroughly studied Early Miocene genus Mionetta, but more primitive than Anatinae and Oxyurinae. The humeral morphology gives evidence of an aberrant position of the two new genera. Another taxon, Protomelanitta gracilis gen. et sp. nov. presumably belongs to basal Mergini.

Keywords

AnatidaeMergininew taxaMioceneMongoliaAsia

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