Paleontological Journal

, Volume 47, Issue 11, pp 1282–1301

Another charadriiform-like bird from the lower Eocene of Denmark

  • S. Bertelli
  • B. E. K. Lindow
  • G. J. Dyke
  • G. Mayr

DOI: 10.1134/S0031030113110026

Cite this article as:
Bertelli, S., Lindow, B.E.K., Dyke, G.J. et al. Paleontol. J. (2013) 47: 1282. doi:10.1134/S0031030113110026


We describe an exceptionally well-preserved partial skeleton of a new bird from the early Eocene Fur Formation of Denmark. Like other fossils from these marine deposits, the partial skeleton is three-dimensionally preserved and articulated. This new Danish specimen consists of a skull, vertebral column, ribs, pelvis, and hindlimbs. Concerning characters of the pelvis, tibiotarsus and tarsometatarsus, the new fossil bears morphological affinities to charadriiform birds (shorebirds and relatives). A phylogenetic analysis of higher neomithine (modern birds) taxa also supports a close relationship between the new specimen and modern Charadriiformes. The morphologies of the skull and vertebrae, however, distinguish the new fossil from all recent charadriiform families.


Fossil birds Fur Formation Scandiavis Lower Eocene 

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© Pleiades Publishing, Ltd. 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Bertelli
    • 1
  • B. E. K. Lindow
    • 2
  • G. J. Dyke
    • 3
  • G. Mayr
    • 4
  1. 1.Fundacioń Miguel Lillo-CONICETTucumańArgentina
  2. 2.Geological MuseumNatural History Museum of DenmarkCopenhagen KDenmark
  3. 3.Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography CentreUniversity of Southampton Waterfront CampusSouthamptonUK
  4. 4.Forschungsinstitut SenckenbergSektion OrnithologieFrankfurt am MainGermany

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