†subfamily Psilopterinae Dolgopol de Saez 1927 (terror bird)

Aves - Gruiformes - Phorusrhacidae

Alternative spelling: Psilopteridae

Synonyms: Pelecyornidae Ameghino 1891, Pelecyorninae Ameghino 1891

Parent taxon: Phorusrhacidae according to C. Acosta Hospitaleche and W. Jones 2024

See also Acosta Hospitaleche and Tambussi 2005, Alvarenga and Holfing 2003, Angst et al. 2013, Bertelli et al. 2007, Cracraft 1968, Gould and Quitmyer 2005, Mourer-Chauviré 1981 and Wetmore 1960

Sister taxa: none

Subtaxa: Eleutherornis Paleopsilopterus Psilopterus

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Ecology: ground dwelling carnivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of Uruguay (1 collection)

• Miocene of Argentina (24)

• Eocene of Argentina (2), Brazil (1), France (1), Switzerland (1)

Total: 30 collections including 37 occurrences

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