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Eleutherornithidae

Eleutherorniths

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Family

Order

Class

Eleutherornithidae

Struthioniformes

Aves

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Description

The Eleutherornithidae is a small and very poorly known family of early birds that lived during the Eocene and Oligocene epoch of Europe. In fact, the family is so poorly known, that the exact location within the family tree is uncertain. Scientists think they could be closely related to Ratites, Terror Birds or even Pelagornithids!

Distribution & Fossil evidence

Fossils of Eleutherorniths are scarce and very few of them have been found. Some parts of a pelvis and some bones from their legs tell that they might have had long legs and were therefore capable of fast running, like modern-day Seriemas or Ratites.

Species

Up until now, two species have been assigned to this family of poorly known birds. New discoveries of resembling species are needed to better understand this family.

Included genera

Eleutherornis