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[dinosaur] Gargantuavis (Late Cretaceous giant flightless bird) fossils found in Spain

Ben Creisler

A new paper:

Delphine Angst, Eric Buffetaut, José Carmelo Corral & Xabier Pereda-Suberbiola (2017)
First record of the Late Cretaceous giant bird Gargantuavis philoinos from the Iberian Peninsula.
Annales de Paléontologie (advance online publication)
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.annpal.2017.01.003

Gargantuavis philoinos is a large terrestrial bird, initially described from several bones (synsacrum, cervical vertebra, femora) discovered in the Late Cretaceous deposits of southern France. The synsacrum described here comes from the late Campanian (Late Cretaceous) site of Laño, in north-western Spain, and is similar in all respects to the other synsacra of Gargantuavis philoinos described from France. This is therefore the first specimen attributed to this species to be reported outside France. This find increases the diversity of the fossil assemblage from Laño and the geographical distribution of this bird, which existed on the Ibero-Armorican island, which included southern France and the Iberian Peninsula, during the Late Cretaceous.