Abstract

A large accipitrine bird of prey is described from the Mid Miocene Camfield Beds, Bullock Creek, Northern Territory, Australia, based on a distal humeral fragment. Comparisons with the larger living Australian eagles show that this bird belongs in Aquila rather than Haliaeetus. It can be differentiated from living species of Aquila by morphology and size, and is here named as a new fossil species. This specimen comprises the oldest record of this genus in Australia, and possibly the oldest in the world.

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Gaff and Boles, 2010, Rec. Aust. Mus. 62(1): 71–76
Author
Priscilla Gaff; Walter E. Boles
Year
2010
Title
A new eagle (Aves: Accipitridae) from the Mid Miocene Bullock Creek Fauna of northern Australia. 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
71
End Page
76
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.62.2010.1557
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; PALAEONTOLOGY; MIOCENE
Reference Number
1557
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