Australian Museum Journal New material of Barawertornis tedfordi, a dromornithid bird from the Oligo-Miocene of Australia, and its phylogenetic implications. In Proceedings of the VII International Meeting of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution, ed. W.E. Boles and T.H. Worthy

Shortform:
Nguyen et al., 2010, Rec. Aust. Mus. 62(1): 45–60
Author(s):
Nguyen, Jacqueline M. T.; Boles, Walter E.; Hand, Suzanne J.
Year published:
2010
Title:
New material of Barawertornis tedfordi, a dromornithid bird from the Oligo-Miocene of Australia, and its phylogenetic implications. In Proceedings of the VII International Meeting of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution, ed. W.E. Boles and T.H. Worthy
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
62
Issue:
1
Start page:
45
End page:
60
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.62.2010.1539
Language:
English
Date published:
26 May 2010
Cover date:
26 May 2010
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
AVES; EVOLUTION; OLIGOCENE; MIOCENE
Reference number:
1539
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Complete work:
Complete work (407kb PDF)

Abstract

New fossil material of Barawertornis tedfordi (Aves: Dromornithidae) is described from Oligo-Miocene deposits in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, northwestern Queensland, Australia. Phylogenetic analysis incorporating data from this new material casts some doubt on the generally accepted sister group relationship between B. tedfordi and all other dromornithids. However, the phylogenetic analysis is congruent with current hypotheses regarding intergeneric relationships among the other dromornithid taxa. A formal revision of dromornithid nomenclature that reflects these relationships is presented here. Barawertornis tedfordi may have closely resembled the unrelated Southern Cassowary Casuarius casuarius (Aves: Casuariidae), in that it was a rainforest-dwelling, flightless bird of similar size. Barawertornis tedfordi also appears to have had similar cursorial abilities to C. casuarius, based on its hind limb proportions.