A new fossil species of kiwi (Aves: Apterygidae) from the mid-Pleistocene of New Zealand

Alan James Drummond Tennyson (Corresponding author), Barbara Mizumo Tomotani

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Abstract

We describe Apteryx littoralis sp. nov., a new species of kiwi based on a 1-million-year-old tarsometatarsus from shallow marine sediment in the North Island of New Zealand. The fossil is very similar to the tarsometatarsi of living kiwi species, most closely resembling Apteryx rowi and A. mantelli in size and shape, but differs in being stouter, with proportionally narrower proximal and distal ends. The new fossil is the second oldest known record of kiwi. It demonstrates a relatively conservative kiwi morphology since the mid-Pleistocene. http://zoobank.org/References/cefc907d-0c1d-44dc-83c5-5799f5d6d3d2.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHistorical Biology
VolumeIn press
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2021

Keywords

  • Apteryx littoralis sp. nov
  • Apteryx mantelli
  • Apteryx rowi
  • tarsometatarsus
  • international
  • Plan_S-Compliant_NO

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