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Megapaloelodus connectens Miller 1944 (swimming flamingo)

Reptilia - Ciconiiformes - Palaelodidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 106306

Full reference: A. H. Miller. 1944. An avifauna from the lower Miocene of South Dakota. University of California Publications, Bulletin of the Department of Geological Sciences 27(4):85-100

Belongs to Megapaloelodus according to A. Wetmore 1960

Sister taxon: Megapaloelodus opsigonus

Type specimen: UCMP 37367, a limb element (distal right tarsometatarsus). Its type locality is Flint Hill North, which is in a Hemingfordian terrestrial horizon in the Batesland Formation of South Dakota.

Ecology: ground dwelling carnivore