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Skeleton (Skeleton) of the Palaeospiza bella †Palaeospiza bella (MCZ 342222)

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Phylogenic Position
Aves - Neognathae - Coliiformes - Colii - †Palaeospiza - †Palaeospiza bella
Species Description
Palaeospiza bella is an extinct mousebird, known from the Upper Eocene Florissant Formation of Colorado. Initially described as the oldest known oscine passeriform (Allen 1878), it has recently been reinterpreted as a coliiform bird (mousebird). Palaeospiza bella represents the latest North American occurrence of a group whose living members occur only in modern Africa (Ksepka and Clarke, 2009).

Allen, J. A. 1878. Description of a fossil passerine bird from the insect-bearing shales of Colorado. Bulletin of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories 4:443-445.

Ksepka, D.T. and J.A. Clarke 2009. Affinities of Palaeospiza bella and the phylogeny and biogeography of mousebirds (coliiformes). The Auk 2:245-259.
Specimen Information
Species †Palaeospiza bella (Palaeospiza bella)
Element Skeleton (Skeleton)
Specimen Number MCZ 342222
Location Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Geological Age Tertiary
Technical Information
Scanner Konica Minolta Range7
Resolution 100 µm
Number of Data Points 2597729
Number of Data Polygons 1301302
Date Scanned November 25, 2009
Scan Technician Emalee Blumhagen
Edited By Emalee Blumhagen

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