Otis hellenica sp. nov., a new Turolian bustard (Aves: Otididae) from Kryopigi (Chalkidiki, Greece)

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pp. 59-65
National Museum of Natural History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1 Blvd. Tsar Osvoboditel, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
School of Geology, Aristotle University, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
School of Geology, Aristotle University, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece; E-mail: lilits@geo.auth.gr
Abstract: 

Two pedal phalanges (ph. 1 dig. 3 sin. and ph. 3 dig. 3 dex.) are referred to Otis hellenica sp. nov., larger than the recent Otis tarda with estimated body weight of ca. 19 kg. Kryopigi is a new, the sixth avian Neogene locality of Greece. The finds represent the first Neogene record of bustards in the country and their first Miocene record on the Balkan Peninsula.

Keywords: 

Fossil birds, Bustards, Late Miocene, Greece, Turolian fauna

VOLUME 42 (1-3)/December 2013

Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, 15 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd, 1504 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, 15 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd, 1504 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Geological-Paleontological Institute, Geoscience Department, Basel University
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

National Museum of Natural History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1 Blvd. Tsar Osvoboditel, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
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School of Geology, Aristotle University, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
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School of Geology, Aristotle University, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece; E-mail: lilits@geo.auth.gr

Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113, Sofia, Bulgaria
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Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113, Sofia, Bulgaria

Albanian Geological Survey, Rruga e Kavajes, 153, Tirana, Albania
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Institute of Geosciences, Water, Energy and Environment, Polytechnic University of Tirana, Tirana, Albania

Geological Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Hristo Smirnenski Blvd. 1, 1046 Sofia, Bulgaria