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Temporal range: Paleocene 58–55 Ma
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Superorder: Palaeognathae
Family: Remiornithidae
Martin 1992
Genus: Remiornis
Lemoine, 1881
Binomial name
Remiornis heberti
Lemoine, 1881

Remiornis heberti is an extinct species of paleognath bird from the Paleocene of France.[1][2] It is a species comparable in size to modern rheas, and possibly related to another European Paleogene ratite, Palaeotis.[3] In spite of being one of the oldest ratites in the world, it is often ignored for Gondwana vicariance narratives.[4]


  1. ^ Martin, L.D. (1992) The status of the Late Paleocene birds Gastornis and Remiornis. Los Angeles: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (Sciences series), 36:97-108.
  2. ^ Lemoine, V. (1881) Recherches sur les oiseaux fossiles des terrains tertiaires inférieurs des environs de Reims, deuxième partie . Matot-Braine , Reims , pp 75 – 170
  3. ^ Gerald Mayr (2009). Paleogene Fossil Birds
  4. ^ Buffetaut, E.; Angst, D. (November 2014). "Stratigraphic distribution of large flightless birds in the Palaeogene of Europe and its palaeobiological and palaeogeographical implications". Earth-Science Reviews. 138: 394–408. doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2014.07.001.