Order Leptosomiformes Sharpe 1891 (bird)

Aves - Leptosomiformes

Parent taxon: Neornithes according to J. F. Clements et al. 2017

See also del Hoyo et al. 2014

Sister taxa: Aequornithes, Alectromorphae, Cariamiformes, Cathartiformes, Colymbomorphae, Coraciomorphae, Eurypygiformes, Galbuliformes, Lonchodytes pterygius, Mesitornithiformes, Neognathae, Odontognathae, Odontolcae, Otidiformes, Palaeognathae, Pelargomorphae, Phoenicopteriformes, Picocoraciae, Pterocliformes, Yacoraitichnus

Subtaxa: Leptosomidae Plesiocathartes

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Ecology: ground dwelling carnivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of Madagascar (3 collections)

• Eocene to Oligocene of France (1)

• Eocene of Belgium (1), Germany (1)

• Paleocene of France (1)

Total: 7 collections each including a single occurrence

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