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A Fossil Marabou (Aves: Ciconiidae) From the Miocene Ngorora Formation, Baringo District, Kenya

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For more content, see Archives Néerlandaises de Zoologie (Vol 1-17) and Animal Biology (Vol 53 and onwards).

A partial skeleton of a fossil stork of the genus Leptoptilos from the Ngorora Formation in Kenya, is one of the most complete specimens of fossil stork known. It is about 11.5 my in age, and therefore is one of the earliest representatives of the genus. In linear dimensions it is considerably larger than the contemporary African Marabou, Leptoptilos crumeniferus, and in size is more comparable to L. dubius, an Asian form. The environment inferred on geological criteria for the Ngorora Formation in the Miocene, agrees well with the habitat exploited by the modern African species.

Affiliations: 1: International Louis Leakey Memorial Institute for African Prehistory, Nairobi, Kenya; 2: Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, U.S.A.


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