Paleopsilopterus

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Paleopsilopterus
Temporal range: Paleocene to Early Eocene
~58–46 Ma
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Paleopsilopterus
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P. itaboraiensis
Binomial name
Paleopsilopterus itaboraiensis

Paleopsilopterus is an extinct genus of giant flightless predatory birds within Cariamiformes. It is usually attributed to the subfamily Psilopterinae of the family Phorusrhacidae, or "terror birds", though doubts about such an identity have arisen multiple times.[1][2] It lived around 53 to 50 million years ago (Itaboraian) in Brazil, during the Early Eocene. The only known species is Paleopsilopterus itaboraiensis. Fossils of Paleopsilopterus have been found in the Itaboraí Formation at São José de Itaborai in Rio de Janeiro state.[3]

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  1. ^ Angst, D.; Buffetaut, E.; Lécuyer, C.; Amiot, R. (2013). ""Terror Birds" (Phorusrhacidae) from the Eocene of Europe Imply Trans-Tethys Dispersal". PLoS ONE. 8 (11): e80357. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0080357. PMC 3842325. PMID 24312212.
  2. ^ Alvarenga, HMF; Höfling, E (2003). "Systematic revision of the Phorusrhacidae (Aves: Ralliformes)". Papéis Avulsos Zool. 43 (4): 55–91. doi:10.1590/s0031-10492003000400001.
  3. ^ Paleopsilopterus at Fossilworks.org

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