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Ameghinornithidae

Strigogyps

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Family

Order

Class

Ameghinornithidae

Cariamiformes

Aves

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Description

The Ameghinornithidae are an extinct family of birds that lived during the Eocene and Oligocene of Europe and possible Africa. They had elongated legs with claws, skulls with possible hooked beaks and quite small wings. Therefore, they may have been unable to fly. It is yet unclear if they were herbivorous and/or carnivorous.

Distribution & Fossil evidence

Fossils of the Ameghinornithidae have been found in Europe and possible Africa and Asia too. Some of these fossils were exquisitely preserved in the Messel formation in Germany.

Species

At this moment, only Strigogyps is officially part of this family, but there might be some other genera that could be included. It is therefore still a weird family with a lot of uncertainties.

Included genera

Strigogyps