†family Gracilitarsidae Mayr 2001 (bird)

Aves - Ornithurae - Gracilitarsidae

Full reference: G. Mayr. 2001. A new specimen of the tiny Middle Eocene bird Gracilitarsus mirabilis (new family: Gracilitarsidae). The Condor 103(1):78-84

Parent taxon: Neognathae according to G. Mayr 2001

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

Subtaxa: Gracilitarsus

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Type: Gracilitarsus

Ecology: ground dwelling carnivore

Distribution: found only at Messel (Eocene of Germany)

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