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Lance parrot info

Here's the on-line abstract from the parrot paper:

Nature 396, 29 - 30 (1998) © Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

A lower jaw from a Cretaceous parrot


All known Cretaceous bird fossils representing modern higher taxa are from
the aquatic groups
Anseriformes, Gaviiformes, Procellariiformes and Charadriiformes. Here I
describe a toothless avian
dentary symphysis (fused jawbone) from the latest Cretaceous of Wyoming,
United States. This
symphysis appears to represent the oldest known parrot and is, to my
knowledge, the first known fossil of
a 'terrestrial' modern bird group from the Cretaceous. The existence of
this fossil supports the hypothesis,
based on molecular divergence data, that most or all of the major modern
bird groups were present in the

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