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Archaeopsittacus

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Aves
Family  Psittacidae
Rank  Genus
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Psittaciformes
Species  A. verreauxi
Scientific name  Archaeopsittacus verreauxi
Similar  Primobucco, Psittaculini, Rhynchaeites, Psittacopasserae, Nannopsittaca

Archaeopsittacus is a genus of prehistoric parrot. It is known from deposits of either Late Oligocene or Early Miocene age (c. 23 mya) at Verreaux near Saint-GĂ©rand-le-Puy, France. A single species, Archaeopsittacus verreauxi, is known.

The genus was apparently close to the Old World lineages of parrots and might conceivably be assigned to the modern subfamily Psittacinae - either in the strict sense (i.e. including the African parrots and possibly the Asian parrots and parakeets) or in the loose sense (including all psittaciforms except some or all of lories and lorikeets, cockatoos, Nestorinae, kakapo and Arini), despite its early age. Its lack of apomorphies prevents any better placement until more material is found.

References

Archaeopsittacus Wikipedia


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