RARE Rail-Like Fossil Bird Songzia

Songzia heidangkouensis

Class Aves, Infraclass Neognathae, Order Gruiformes; Family Songziidae

Geological Time: Eocene

Size: (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Fossil is 65 mm in length along backbone Wing: 60 mm (if straight); Matrix: 85 mm by 65 mm

Fossil Site: Songzi County, Hebei Province, China

Fossil Code: DB02

Price: Sold

Songzia heidangkouensis Bird FossilBirds are not common in the fossil record, and this one represents the FIRST example from the Eocene I have had. It is a partial skeleton of an extinct genus known as Songzia heidangkouensis. The Sonziidae were some of the earliest rail-like members of the Order Gruiformes which includes the cranes, rails, and similar marsh-dwelling birds. This example shows the neck, vertebral column, and wing of one of these small marsh-dwellers.

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