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Stratigraphic Distribution of Large Flightless Birds in the Palaeogene of Europe

  • Eric BuffetautEmail author
  • Delphine Angst
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Geology book series (SPRINGERGEOL)


Three main groups of large flightless birds are known from the Palaeogene of Europe: Gastornithidae, Ratitae, and Phorusrhacidae. Gastornithids have the longest and most complete record (Selandian to middle Lutetian). Ratites have a patchy record (Thanetian and Lutetian). Phorusrhacids are known only from the late Lutetian. Gastornithids probably originated in Europe, whereas phorusrhacids probably reached Europe from Africa.


Aves Gastornithidae Phorusrhacidae Ratites Europe Palaeogene 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UMR 8538, Laboratoire de Géologie de l’Ecole Normale SupérieureCentre National de la Recherche ScientifiqueParis Cedex 05France
  2. 2.CNRS UMR 5276, Laboratoire de Géologie de Lyon, Terre, Planètes et EnvironnementUniversité Claude Bernard Lyon 1 et Ecole Normale Supérieure de LyonVilleurbanne CedexFrance

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