Temporal range: Middle Eocene, 47 Ma
|Fossil of Messelirrisor halcyrostris|
The extinct Messelirrisor is a genus of Bucerotiformes, the sole representative of the family Messelirisoridae. They were tiny hoopoe-like birds that were the earliest representatives of the hoopoe/wood-hoopoe lineage, and they were among the predominant small forest birds of Central Europe during the Middle Eocene (some 49-37 mya). Fossilized remains of Messelirrisor have been found in the Messel Pit of Hesse, Germany.
- Mayr, G. 2000. Tiny hoopoe-like birds from the Middle Eocene of Messel (Germany). The Auk 117(4):964-970
- Specimen photo. Retrieved 2007-AUG-22.
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