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Temporal range: Paleocene (Thanetian), 59.2–56 Ma
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Family: Prophaethontidae
Genus: Lithoptila
Species: L. abdounensis
Binomial name
Lithoptila abdounensis
Bourdon, E. et al. 2005[1]

Lithoptila abdounensis is an extinct species of seabird that lived during the Late Paleocene (Thanetian) of Morocco. It is a distant relative of the tropicbirds.


  1. ^ Bourdon, E. (2005) Earliest African neornithine bird: a new species of Prophaethontidae (Aves) from the Paleocene of Morocco. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 25(1):157-170.