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Superficially gull- or ternlike water birds of uncertain affinities. Length
approximately 21 to 26 cm (estimated from reconstruction of fossils). Order
Charadriiformes (plovers, sandpipers, gulls, terns, auks). Upper Cretaceous to
present; worldwide ...
From this record of fossil Charadriiformes it appears that considerable adaptive
radiation (diversification) has occurred and disappeared in the past. Modern
families probably had their origins in Paleocene times or earlier, and many
Plumage black, gray, or brown, usually white below. Many have ornamental bill
and head plumes. Legs set far back; tail short. 2 1 species; coasts of northern
oceans; length 16-76 cm (6-30 in.). Critical appraisal. The Charadriiformes are ...
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