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Re: Brodavis, new freshwater Late Cretaceous hesperornithiform from Asia and North America

In other words this late, freshwater-dwelling hesperornithiform could
likely fly? A loon with teeth?


On Sun, Mar 11, 2012 at 4:04 AM, Ben Creisler <bcreisler@gmail.com> wrote:
> From: Ben Creisler
> bcreisler@gmail.com
> A new paper and taxon (Brodavis) out for a few weeks but not yet
> mentioned on the DML:
> Larry D. Martin, Evgeny N. Kurochkin & Tim T. Tokaryk (2012)
> A new evolutionary lineage of diving birds from the Late Cretaceous of
> North America and Asia.
> Palaeoworld (advance online publication)
> http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.palwor.2012.02.005
> http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1871174X12000066
> A new family, Brodavidae, with one new genus and four species, is
> described from the Late Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) of Asia and North
> America. These include the first freshwater occurrences and latest
> records of the order Hesperornithiformes, an extinct group of diving
> birds whose marine members had probably lost their powers of flight by
> the end of the Early Cretaceous. Minimal pachyostosis in the
> freshwater form suggests the possibility of volant abilities.
> (link to abstract has preview illustrations of bones)