†family Megalapterygidae Bunce et al. 2009 (bird)

Aves - Dinornithiformes - Megalapterygidae

Full reference: M. Bunce, T. H. Worthy, M. J. Phillips, R. N. Holdaway, E. Willerslev, J. Haile, B. Shapiro, R. P. Scofield, A. Drummond, P. J. J. Kamp, and A. Cooper. 2009. The evolutionary history of the extinct ratite moa and New Zealand Neogene paleogeography. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106:20646-20651

Parent taxon: Dinornithiformes according to M. Bunce et al. 2009

Sister taxa: Dinornithidae, Emeidae

Subtaxa: Megalapteryx

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Type: Megalapteryx

Ecology: ground dwelling carnivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of New Zealand (3 collections)

Total: 3 collections each including a single occurrence

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