†family Pelagornithidae F├╝rbringer 1888 (bird)

Aves - Ornithurae - Pelagornithidae

Synonyms: Dasornithidae Harrison and Walker 1976, Odontopterygidae Lydekker 1891, Pseudodontornithidae Lambrecht 1933

Parent taxon: Neognathae according to G. Mayr 2011

See also Aslanova and Burchak-Abramowich 1982, Bourdon et al. 2010, Carroll 1988, Cenizo et al. 2016, Chavez et al. 2007, Cheneval 1993, Goedert 1989, González-Barba et al. 2002, Harrison and Walker 1976, Howard 1957, Howard 1968, Howard 1972, Howard 1978, Howard and Warter 1969, Lambrecht 1933, Livezey and Zusi 2007, Matsuoka et al. 2003, Matsuoka et al. 1998, Mayr 2008, Mayr and Smith 2010, Mayr and Zvonok 2011, McKee 1985, Mourer-Chauvire and Geraads 2008, Olson 1985, Olson and Rasmussen 2001 and Wetmore 1960

Sister taxa: Alciformes, Anas benedeni, Anas creccoides, Bucerotiformes, Eurolimnornithiformes, Galloanserae, Gracilitarsidae, Neoaves, Odontoanserae, Perplexicervix, Vastanavis

Subtaxa: Caspiodontornis Cyphornis Gigantornis Lutetodontopteryx Macrodontopteryx Osteodontornis Pelagornis Pseudodontornis longidentata

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Ecology: ground dwelling carnivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of Japan (1 collection), Venezuela (1)

• Pliocene of Morocco (1), New Zealand (2), United States (2: California, North Carolina)

• Miocene of Australia (1), Chile (4), France (2), Japan (1), New Zealand (1), Peru (6), Portugal (1), United States (5: Delaware, South Carolina, Virginia), Venezuela (3)

• Oligocene to Miocene of United States (1: Oregon)

• Oligocene of Azerbaijan (1), Canada (1: British Columbia), Japan (2), United States (2: South Carolina)

• Eocene of Antarctica (5), Belgium (2), Kazakhstan (1), Nigeria (1), Togo (1), Ukraine (1), the United Kingdom (1), United States (1: Oregon), Western Sahara (2)

Total: 53 collections including 58 occurrences

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