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A New Thick-Knee, Burhinus, from the Miocene of Nebraska, with Comments on the Habitat Requirements of the Burhinidae (Aves: Charadriiformes)

K. Jeffrey Bickart
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
Vol. 1, No. 3/4 (Dec., 1981), pp. 273-277
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4522864
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A New Thick-Knee, Burhinus, from the Miocene of Nebraska, with Comments on the Habitat Requirements of the Burhinidae (Aves: Charadriiformes)
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Abstract

A new species of thick-knee, Burhinus luc orum, is described from the early Miocene (Sheep Creek Formation, late Hemingfordian) of Nebraska, providing the first Tertiary record of the family. Contrary to the widely held view that thick-knees are necessarily indicative of dry, sparsely vegetated country, the extant species of Burhinidae in fact live in a broad range of habitats. Thus, the use of extinct species of Burhinidae as paleoclimatological indicators is compromised. Evidence from other sources on early Miocene climates is summarized and suggests that Burhinus lucorum may have inhabited stream-side woodlands.

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