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The first fossil tody (Aves, Todidae) from Cuba

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doi: 10.1134/S0031030120040164
Authors:Zelenkov, N. V.; Gonzalez, S. F.
Author Affiliations:Primary:
Russian Academy of Sciences, Borissiak Paleontological Institute, Moscow, Russian Federation
Museo National de Historia Natural de Cuba, Cuba
Volume Title:Paleontological Journal
Source:Paleontological Journal, 54(4), p.414-419. Publisher: Springer for MAIK Nauka/Interperiodica, Pleiades Publishing, Birmingham, AL, United States. ISSN: 0031-0301
Publication Date:2020
Note:In English. 39 refs.; 1 plate, sketch map
Summary:Todies (Aves: Todidae)-endemic to the Greater Antilles and one of the most characteristic components of the modern fauna of Cuba-have not yet been represented in the island's fossil record. This article describes the first fossil find of a representative of this family in Cuba. A coracoid from the Upper Pleistocene of the cave El Abrón (Pinar-del-Río province) in general morphology and size is similar to that of the modern Cuban Tody Todus multicolor, but differs in structural details and thus can represent a distinct species. The distinctiveness of the Late Pleistocene tody from Cuba may also indicate an increased morphological variability of todies, which in most cases is not typical for birds.
Subjects:Aves; Cenozoic; Chordata; Fossils; Pleistocene; Quaternary; Tetrapoda; Upper Pleistocene; Vertebrata; Antilles; Caribbean region; Cuba; Greater Antilles; Pinar del Rio Cuba; West Indies; Coraciiformes; Todidae; Todus
Coordinates:N224000 N224000 W0832800 W0832800
Record ID:887708-14
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