Fossil and Recent Avifaunas and the Interamerican Interchange

  • François Vuilleumier
Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 4)


Ornithologists have long known that important interchanges took place in the Cenozoic between the North and South American avifaunas (von Ihering, 1927; Lönnberg, 1927). The debate about what taxa were involved and what direction they migrated has not often been resolved satisfactorily, however, because Recent birds give clues that can be interpreted in different ways by different people and because fossil birds have frequently been dismissed since they apparently offer such insignificant evidence.


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  • François Vuilleumier
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  1. 1.Department of OrnithologyAmerican Museum of Natural HistoryNew YorkUSA

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