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Discovery of Phorusrhacidae and other new non-Mesozoic avian papers



From: Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com

A new volume of papers about fossil avians (all Cenozoic). The pdfs are free.

Proceedings of the 8th International Meeting of the Society of Avian
Paleontology and Evolution
Paleornithological Research 2013
ISBN 978-3-902421-82-1

http://www.nhm-wien.ac.at/verlag/online_publikationen

Of note for history buffs:

Eric Buffetaut (2013)
Who discovered the Phorusrhacidae? An episode in the history of avian
palaeontology.
http://verlag.nhm-wien.ac.at/buecher/2013_SAPE_Proceedings/10_Buffetaut.pdf
In Göhlich, U.B. & Kroh, A. (2013)
Proceedings of the 8th International Meeting of the Society of Avian
Paleontology and Evolution
Paleornithological Research 2013


Remains of giant predatory ground birds were first discovered in the
Tertiary of Argentina at the end of the 1880s, within the context of a
bitter competition between Florentino Ameghino (and his brother
Carlos) and Francisco Pascasio Moreno, then director of the newly
founded Museo de La Plata. The early stages in the discovery and
description of the Phorusrhacidae were characterised by
misidentifications, hurried publications, undue multiplication of taxa
and a general climate of mutual distrust and hostility. One of the few
positive points of the feud between Ameghino and Moreno was that it
led to several palaeontological expeditions to southern Argentina,
which resulted in the discovery of large quantities of important
fossils. In many respects, the competition between the Argentinian
palaeontologists parallels the well-known feud between E.D. Cope and
O.C. Marsh, which took place in the United States at roughly the same
time.