DescriptionElongated and slender wing bones suggest that this bird was an offshore or pelagic feeder capable of efficient flight. A new taxon of the Prophaethontidae (Aves) is presented from the phosphatic beds of the Ouled Abdoun Basin, Morocco. Lithoptila abdounensis was initially represented by a single, well-preserved neurocranium, dated as upper Paleocene (Thanetian) on the basis of the selachians identified in the matrix. This specimen is the oldest known African neornithine bird and the oldest record of the Prophaethontidae.
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