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In a message dated 95-12-04 07:16:09 EST, dwn194@soton.ac.uk writes:

>The earliest true ratites of which I am aware (_Paleocursornis_ doesn't
>look ratite to me, and, of course, _Patagopteryx_ is definitely not) are
>from the Eocene Messel fauna. This was an area inhabited by large
>hyaenodontid creodonts, vicious little miacids, terrestrial crocodiles,
>_Diatryma_ and flying raptors!! Predator-free my ar*e!! Go figure (in
>the words of a certain list member).

Yes, but did _Diatryma_ originate there? Or did it immigrate from elsewhere?