(Vega bird - named after Vega Island).
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).
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.
- 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.