The Anatidae and Scolopacidae (Aves: Anseriformes, Charadriiformes) from the late Neogene of Gargano, Italy

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Abstract

The late Neogene (MN13-14) fissure fillings found in the limestone quarries near Apricena (Foggia, Southern Italy) contain a well-diversified fossil bird assemblage. Most of the bird taxa show endemic characteristics following the high degree of insularity of the whole vertebrate assemblage. In addition to the endemic taxa, some non-endemic forms are present, mostly only recently found after the still ongoing revision of the whole bird remains. Here the remains of Anatidae and Scolopacidae are presented. This analysis reveals the occurrence of at least two taxa of Anatidae, Anas velox and Anatidae indet., and two taxa of Scolopacidae, Calidris sp. and an Scolopacidae indet. In addition, some remains are determined as Charadriiformes indet., but they probably represent more than one taxon, even if their bad status of preservation does not allow any further consideration. The detailed study of these remains and their comparison with the other European Neogene taxa already described is carried out. © 2013 Elsevier Masson SAS.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Anatidae
  • Calidris
  • Charadriiformes
  • Gargano
  • Italy
  • Neogene
  • Scolopacidae

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  • Marco Pavia

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