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Temporal range: Middle Eocene
Messelirrisor halcyrostris.jpg
Messelirrisor halcyrostris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Bucerotiformes
Family: Messelirrisoridae
Mayr, 1998
Genus: Messelirrisor
Mayr, 1998

Messelirrisor grandis
Messelirrisor halcyrostris
Messelirrisor parvus

The extinct Messelirrisoridae are a family of Bucerotiformes. Tiny hoopoe-like birds, they were among the predominant small forest birds of Central Europe during the Middle Eocene (some 49-37 mya).

Life restoration

Fossilized remains of the single known genus Messelirrisor have been found in the Messel Pit (Hesse, Germany). The Messelirrisoridae are the earliest representatives of the hoopoe/wood-hoopoe lineage known at present.


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