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Re: Messel: the Non-Dinosaurs Rear Their Heads [New Refs]
At 00:36 27-01-2000 -0800, you wrote:
> Knowing that the Messel fauna represents a
>non-Mesozoic, non-dinosaur [sensu stricto] subject, I
>thought I'd mention this for the shear paleontological
>beauty of the animals.
> The newest Nation Geographic arrived today, and
>includes an article [I'll not call it a "paper,"
>written by one of the editorial staff, H.J. Hoffmann]
>on the Messel fauna. The paper does include some avian
>fauna, including the piciform *Messelirrisor*
Messelirrisor isn't a piciform, but a upupiform
It was described in 1998 by Gerald Mayr in Upupiformes, Messelirrisoridae n.
fam., formaly known as Laurillardiidae Harrison, 1979.
There are species:
Messelirrisor parvus Mayr, 1998.,
Messelirrisor halcyrostris Mayr, 1998.(SMF-ME 600),
A gen. et sp. indet. Mayr, 1998.
Laurillardia longirostris Minle-Edwards 1867-71 is refered to the family.
Laurillardia munieri Flot, 1891. and Laurilardia parisiensis Flot, 1891. are
Aves Incertae Sedis
Gerald Mayr, 1998
"Coraciiforme" und "Piciforme" Kleinvögel aus dem Mittel-Eozän der Grube
Messel (Hessen, Deutschland)
Courier Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg 205