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Giant Late Eocene Marine Birds (Pelecaniformes: Pelagornithidae) from Northwestern Oregon
James L. Goedert
Journal of Paleontology
Vol. 63, No. 6 (Nov., 1989), pp. 939-944
Published by: Paleontological Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1305659
Page Count: 6
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Fossil bird bones from the late Eocene Keasey Formation and the latest Eocene Pittsburg Bluff Formation in northwestern Oregon are the earliest records of the pelecaniform family Pelagornithidae for the Pacific Basin. These fossils also represent the first late Eocene records of the family from the Northern Hemisphere, the second late Eocene record worldwide, and indicate that these animals were among the largest of flying birds. Unfortunately, the fragmentary condition of these fossils and the currently confused state of pelagornithid systematics prevents the assignment of these specimens to new species at this time.
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