Vegavis

Name: Vegavis ‭(‬Vega bird‭ ‬-‭ ‬named after Vega Island‭)‬.
Phonetic: Vay-gah-viss.
Named By: J.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Clarke,‭ ‬C.‭ ‬P.‭ ‬Tambussi,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬I.‭ ‬Noriega,‭ ‬G.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Erickson‭ & ‬R.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Ketcham‭ ‬-‭ ‬2005.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Aves,‭ ‬Anseriformes,‭ ‬Anatoidea.
Species: V.‭ ‬iaai‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Uncertain.
Size: About‭ ‬60‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: Antarctica,‭ ‬Vega Island‭ ‬-‭ ‬López de Bertodano Formation.
Time period: Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Single specimen.

       Vegavis is a close relative of modern ducks and geese,‭ ‬but probably not a direct ancestor.‭ ‬Still,‭ ‬the discovery of Vegavis was still a very important and exciting discovery for those interested in the evolution of birds,‭ ‬as it is a clear sign that by at least the end of the Maastrichtian period of the Cretaceous,‭ ‬birds resembling some modern forms were already living alongside the dinosaurs.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Definitive fossil evidence for the extant avian radiation in the Cretaceous.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Nature,‭ ‬433:‭ ‬305-308.‭ ‬-‭ ‬J.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Clarke,‭ ‬C.‭ ‬P.‭ ‬Tambussi,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬I.‭ ‬Noriega,‭ ‬G.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Erickson‭ & ‬R.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Ketcham‭ ‬-‭ ‬2005.



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