Primophaps

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Primophaps schoddei
Temporal range: Late Oligocene 28–23 Ma
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Primophaps
Worthy, 2012
Species: P. schoddei
Binomial name
Primophaps schoddei
Worthy, 2012

Primophaps schoddei is an extinct genus and species of bird in the pigeon family. It was described from Late Oligocene material (a fossil left coracoid) found at Riversleigh in north-western Queensland, Australia. It was closely related to the Australian bronzewing pigeons, especially those in the genus Phaps. The genus name comes from the Latin primordium, (“beginning” or “origin”), and the Greek phaps (“pigeon”). The specific epithet honours Australian taxonomist Richard Schodde for his work on the relationships of Australian birds.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Worthy, T.H. (2012). "A phabine pigeon (Aves: Columbidae) from Oligo-Miocene Australia". Emu. 112 (1): 23–31. doi:10.1071/MU11061.