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Re: on Gastornis

From: Ben Creisler

The use of the term "terror bird" for Gastornis and Diatryma (which
may be the same animal as Gastornis) shows up in a number of places,
and reflects ideas from a few years back. Note that "terror bird" is
only a nickname for phorusrhacids, not the meaning of the scientific
name itself.


"That’s why a presentation given by Estelle Bourdon of London’s
Natural History Museum at last week’s Society of Vertebrate
Paleontology conference caught my attention. The title was “Gastornis
is a terror bird: New insights into the evolution of the Cariamae
(Aves, Neornithes).” I knew that results presented at conferences are
often preliminary and subject to change, but I was really hoping that
Bourdon would restore Gastornis to the image I grew up with."

I posted a version of the abstract for Tütken et al. yesterday, but
all the scientific notation makes it bit hard to read in plain text:


On Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 4:12 PM, Jason Brougham <jaseb@amnh.org> wrote:
> You're right Ian, that's a pretty casual mess up after doing so much good 
> science.
> Dr Tütken et al. did calcium / oxygen isotope ratio work on Gastornis bone to 
> demonstrate that it had an herbivorous diet:
> http://goldschmidt.info/2013/abstracts/finalPDFs/2368.pdf
> But in the last sentence they seem to have taken Gastornis for a member of 
> the Phorusrhacidae ("terror birds"), which were not related. Gastornis is 
> putatively assigned to the Anseriformes, not the Cariamae at all.
> Good work spotting that.
> -Jason Brougham
> ________________________________________
> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] on behalf of Ian 
> Paulsen [birdbooker@zipcon.net]
> Sent: Friday, August 30, 2013 6:20 PM
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Cc: vrtpaleo@usc.edu
> Subject: on Gastornis
>  I saw this article:
> http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130829214559.htm
> and was wondering if Gastornis is really classified as a "terror bird"?
> sicnerely
> --
> Ian Paulsen
> Bainbridge Island, WA, USA
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