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Sinanas is a genus of prehistoric duck that lived during the middle Miocene.[1] The single known species is Sinanas diatomas. Fossils of the species have been recovered from the Shandong Province of China.[2] Taxonomists are uncertain as to its affinities to modern waterfowl.[2][3]

Temporal range: Miocene
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Sinanas
S. diatomas
Binomial name
Sinanas diatomas
Yeh, 1980


  1. ^ Kear, Janet (2005). Ducks, Geese and Swans: Species accounts (Cairina to Mergus). 2. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. p. 449. ISBN 0-19-861009-2.
  2. ^ a b Farner, Donald S.; King, James R.; Parkes, Kenneth C., eds. (1985). Avian Biology. VIII. Orlando, FL, US: Academic Press. p. 187. ISBN 0-12-249408-3.
  3. ^ Zelenkov, Nikita V. (2012). "A New Duck from the Middle Miocene of Mongolia, with Comments on Miocene Evolution of Ducks". Paleontological Journal. 46 (5): 520–530. ISSN 0031-0301.

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