Anatalavis

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Anatalavis
Temporal range: PaleoceneEocene, 66–55 Ma
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Suborder: Anseres
Superfamily: Anseranatoidea
Genus: Anatalavis
Olson & Parris, 1987
Type species
Anatalavis rex
(Shufeldt, 1915)
Species
  • A. rex (Shufeldt, 1915)
  • A. oxfordi Olson, 1999
Synonyms
  • Nettapterornis Mlikovsky, 2002

Anatalavis is genus of prehistoric birds related to ducks and geese, perhaps in particular the magpie-goose. The species Anatalavis rex – formerly placed in Telmatornis – is known from the Hornerstown Formation (Late Cretaceous or Early Paleocene, some 66 million years ago) of New Jersey. Anatalavis oxfordi was described based on fossils found in the Eocene (Ypresian age) London Clay (about 55 mya) at Walton-on-the-Naze, England.

References

  • Dyke, GJ (2000) "The fossil waterfowl (Aves: Anseriformes) from the Tertiary of England," J. Vert. Paleontol. 20: 39A.
  • Dyke, GJ (2001) "The fossil waterfowl (Aves: Anseriformes) from the Eocene of England," American Museum Novitates No. 3354, 15 pp.


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