Sylviornis is an extinct genus of stem-galliform bird containing a single species, S. neocaledoniae, or erroneously, "New Caledonian Giant Megapode". Technically, the latter is incorrect because it has recently been found not to be a megapode, but the sole known member of its own family, the Sylviornithidae; at the time of its description, it was believed to be a ratite. Sylviornis was never encountered alive by scientists, but it is known from many thousands of subfossil bones found in deposits, some of them from the Holocene, on New Caledonia and the adjacent Île des Pins. Recent morphology studies indicate that it was sister taxa with Megavitiornis, in a clade outside of the Galliformes crown group.

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  • Sylviornis is an extinct genus of stem-galliform bird containing a single species, S. neocaledoniae, or erroneously, "New Caledonian Giant Megapode". Technically, the latter is incorrect because it has recently been found not to be a megapode, but the sole known member of its own family, the Sylviornithidae; at the time of its description, it was believed to be a ratite. Sylviornis was never encountered alive by scientists, but it is known from many thousands of subfossil bones found in deposits, some of them from the Holocene, on New Caledonia and the adjacent Île des Pins. Recent morphology studies indicate that it was sister taxa with Megavitiornis, in a clade outside of the Galliformes crown group. (en)
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  • Sylviornis neocaledoniae
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  • Poplin, 1980
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  • Mourer-Chauviré & Balouet, 2005
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  • Sylviornis
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  • Poplin, 1980
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  • Sylviornis neocaledoniae skull fragment and tibia, Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, Paris
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  • Sylviornis is an extinct genus of stem-galliform bird containing a single species, S. neocaledoniae, or erroneously, "New Caledonian Giant Megapode". Technically, the latter is incorrect because it has recently been found not to be a megapode, but the sole known member of its own family, the Sylviornithidae; at the time of its description, it was believed to be a ratite. Sylviornis was never encountered alive by scientists, but it is known from many thousands of subfossil bones found in deposits, some of them from the Holocene, on New Caledonia and the adjacent Île des Pins. Recent morphology studies indicate that it was sister taxa with Megavitiornis, in a clade outside of the Galliformes crown group. (en)
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  • Sylviornis (en)
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