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Gargantuavis neck vertebra
From: Ben Creisler
A new online paper:
ERIC BUFFETAUT and DELPHINE ANGST (2012)
New evidence of a giant bird from the Late Cretaceous of France.
Geological Magazine (advance online publication)
A large heterocoelous cervical vertebra from the Late Cretaceous of
Cruzy (Hérault, southern France) is described and referred to the
giant bird Gargantuavis philoinos Buffetaut & Le Loeuff, 1998,
confirming its avian nature. Gargantuavis appears to have been a
long-necked bird with possibly a relatively small skull. Derived
features such as heterocoely suggest that Gargantuavis was an advanced
ornithuromorph, close to ornithurines.