First record of ostriches (Aves, Struthioniformes, Struthionidae) from the late Miocene of Bulgaria with taxonomic and zoogeographic discussion

Zlatozar BOEV & Nikolaï SPASSOV

en Geodiversitas 31 (3) - Pages 493-507

Published on 30 September 2009

We describe two new fossils, the distal end of a right tarsometatarsus and a proximal pedal phalanx of the left third toe, from two sites in southwestern Bulgaria: Kalimantsi (middle Turolian) and Hadzhidimovo-2 (MN 11/12 boundary). These specimens are compared to Neogene-Quaternary ostriches, and are referred to Struthio cf. karatheodoris. A general overview of Neogene-Quaternary ostrich specimens, a taxonomic discussion of late Miocene Eurasian struthionid taxa, and the ecological and zoogeographic implications of the new specimens are presented.


Aves, Struthioniformes, Struthionidae, Struthio karatheodoris, taxonomy, palaeoecology, palaeogeography, Bulgaria, late Miocene.

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