Fossil birds of old Gondwanaland: a comment on drifting continents and their passengers

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Abstract

A detailed survey of avian fossils on Gondwana continents reveals a relatively rich record for Australia, but only a moderate representation for Africa, South America, and New Zealand. Most fossil birds are of Neogene vintage and in many cases restricted to the Pleistocene This fossil record reflects long isolation of many gondwanic fragments as well as interchange between N and S continents but neither supports nor negates a once contiguous Gondwanaland.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-332
Number of pages12
JournalQuarterly Review of Biology
Publication statusPublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

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