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RE: Earliest bird fossils found in NZ

--- Janet m vandenburgh <van02@cox.net> schrieb:

> http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/536641/1578421
> Earliest bird fossils found in NZ
> Feb 11, 2008 6:46 PM 
> A team of Australian palaeontologists have
> discovered the earliest bird
> fossils ever found in New Zealand.

Congratulations Stilwell & team, you just hit the

"We do have some ideas..."

Hehe, yeah, I guess so. :D

I had been very much hoping for something like that,
after I read:

Stillwell et al. (2006):
Dinosaur sanctuary on the Chatham Islands, Southwest
Pacific: First record of theropods from the K&#8211;T
boundary Takatika Grit.

Cretaceous&#8211;Tertiary (K&#8211;T) boundary (ca. 65
Ma) sections on a Southwest Pacific island containing
dinosaurs were unknown until March 2003 when theropod
bones were recovered from the Takatika Grit on the
remote Chatham Islands (latitude 44° S, longitude 176°
W), along the Chatham Rise. Tectonic and
palaeontologic evidence support the eastward extension
of a ca. 900 km land bridge that connected the islands
to what is now New Zealand prior to the K&#8211;T
boundary. The Chathams terrestrial fauna inhabited
coastal, temperate environments along a low-lying,
narrow, crustal extension of the New Zealand
subcontinent, characterised by a tectonically dynamic,
volcanic landscape with eroding hills (horsts)
adjacent to flood plains and deltas, all sediments
accumulating in grabens. This finger-like tract was
blanketed with a conifer and clubmoss (Lycopodiopsida)
dominated forest. The Chatham Islands region would
have, along with New Zealand, provided a dinosaur
island sanctuary after separating from the Gondwana
margin ca. 80 Ma.

Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 
Volume 230, Issues 3-4, 30 January 2006, Pages 243-250



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