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    Sale 12052

    Science & Natural History

    19 October 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 94

    A PRIMITIVE FOSSIL PARROT

    GREEN RIVER, WYOMING

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    A PRIMITIVE FOSSIL PARROT
    GREEN RIVER, WYOMING
    Cyrilavis sp. from the Eocene (circa 50 million years ago) with skull in facsimile and complete body


    8½ x 7½in. (21.5 x 19.5cm.)


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    It is only in the last 30 years that the evolutionary history of parrots has been well studied, they had previously been thought to have the least complete fossil record amongst the birds. The present specimen is from an early stem group of parrots, before the development of their feeding specializations and distinctive curved beaks.

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