First bird remains from the Upper Cretaceous of the Peirópolis site, Minas Gerais state, Brazil

Carlos Roberto A. CANDEIRO, Federico Lisandro AGNOLÍN, Agustín G. MARTINELLI & Paulo Andreas BUCKUP

en Geodiversitas 34 (3) - Pages 617-624

Published on 28 September 2012

We report on the first occurrence of Maastrichtian bird material from the Peirópolis locality (Uberaba district), Minas Gerais State (Brazil). The specimens consist of an indeterminate pedal ungual phalanx (CPP 481), a pedal phalanx 1 of left digit II (CPP 470) and an incomplete metatarsal III (CPP 482). The material can be assigned to Aves gen. et sp. indet. (CPP 470 and CPP 481) and to cf. Enantiornithes gen. et sp. indet. (CPP 482). Despite the isolated and incompleteness nature of these specimens, they add to the otherwise poor record of Cretaceous birds from Brazil.


Aves, Enantiornithes, Bauru Group, Late Cretaceous, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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