An enigmatic fossil penguin from the Eocene of Antarctica

  • Piotr Jadwiszczaka Institute of Biology, University of Bialystok, Bialystok
  • Thomas Mörs Department of Palaeobiology, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm
Keywords: Antarctic Peninsula; La Meseta Formation; Paleogene; Sphenisciformes; tarsometatarsus; new morphotype

Abstract

Tarsometatarsi are key skeletal elements in penguin palaeontology. They constitute, among others, type specimens of all 10 widely accepted species of fossil penguins from the Eocene La Meseta Formation on Seymour Island (Graham Land, Antarctic Peninsula). Here, we report on a recently collected large-sized tarsometatarsus from this formation that represents a new morphotype. We are convinced that the morphotype corresponds to a new species, but the material is too scarce for a taxonomic act. Undoubtedly, the bone discussed here is a valuable addition to our knowledge on diversity of early penguins.

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Published
2017-03-17
How to Cite
Jadwiszczaka, P., & Mörs, T. (2017). An enigmatic fossil penguin from the Eocene of Antarctica. Polar Research, 36. Retrieved from https://polarresearch.net/index.php/polar/article/view/2635
Section
Research Notes