Asian ostrich

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Asian ostrich
Temporal range: 3.6–0.08Ma
Early Pliocene to Early Holocene
Struthio asiaticus.jpg
Asian ostrich skeleton
Conservation status
Extinct  (before 13,000-7,000 BC)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Struthioniformes
Family: Struthionidae
Genus: Struthio
Species: S. asiaticus
Binomial name
Struthio asiaticus
Milne-Edwards, 1871[1]
Synonyms

Struthio indicus
(Bidwell, 1910)

The Asian or Asiatic ostrich (Struthio asiaticus), is an extinct species of ostrich that ranged from Morocco, the Middle East to China and Mongolia. Fossils date from the upper Pliocene to the early Holocene (3.6-.008mya).[2]

Asian ostrich egg shells

Asian ostriches was widespread around Europe and Asia. They also used to live in northern India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and southern Siberia. In China, it is known that Asiatic ostriches became extinct at the end or shortly after the end of the last Ice Age.

See also[edit]

Late Quaternary prehistoric birds

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Sharpe, R. Bowdler (1899)
  2. ^ Paleobiology Database (2012)

References[edit]

  • Paleobiology Database (2012). "Struthio asiaticus". Paleobiology Database. Paleobiology Database. Retrieved 14 Jun 2012.