Gallinuloides

Gallinuloides is a prehistoric genus of primitive galliform bird. It lived about 48 million years ago in North America. The type specimen was found in a Green River Formation deposit in Wyoming.[1]

Gallinuloides
Temporal range: Early-middle Eocene
Gallinuloides wyomingensis.jpg
Holotype
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Family: Gallinuloididae
Genus: Gallinuloides
Eastman, 1900
Species:
G. wyomingensis
Binomial name
Gallinuloides wyomingensis
Eastman, 1900
Synonyms

Gallunoides is a lapsus.

Specimen WDC CGR−012

The former Gallinuloides prentici was eventually placed (after a brief stint in Grus) in a distinct genus Paragrus; it is no galliform but belongs to the Geranoididae (Lambrecht 1933:520).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ksepka, D.T. (2009) Broken gears in the avian molecular clock: new phylogenetic analyses support stem galliform status for Gallinuloides wyomingensis and rallid affinities for Amitabha urbsinterdictensis. Cladistics 25(2):173-197. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1096-0031.2009.00250.x