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Falmingo neck
Flamingoes are well attested in the fossil record, with the first unequivocal member of the extant family Phoenicopteridae, Elornis known from the Late Eocene. A considerable number of little-known birds from the Late Cretaceous onwards are sometimes considered to be flamingo ancestors. These include the genera Torotix, Scaniornis, Gallornis, Agnopterus, Tiliornis, Juncitarsus and Kashinia; these show a mix of characters and are fairly plesiomorphic in comparison to modern birds. (The supposed “Cretaceous flamingo” Parascaniornis is actually a synonym of Baptornis and not a close relative to any living bird). An extinct family of peculiar “swimming flamingos”, the Palaelodidae, are believed to be related to, or to be the ancestors of, the modern flamingos. This is sometimes rejected, since the fossil Elornis is known from some time before any palaelodid flamingos have been recorded. There exists a fairly comprehensive fossil record of the genus Phoenicopterus.

Meeli Sonn is an freelance photographer based in Las Vegas, USA. Meeli specialises in producing high-quality images of our all kind natural world, capturing the beauty and mystery of nature, animals, birds, plants. It needs good eye. Meeli’s love of nature does not end with the landscape, as she aspires to photograph all things natural in his own unique way. Her big passion is macro world.

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  • Jay Stockhaus
    Jay Stockhausover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture!

  • Thanks Jay

    – loiteke

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture,…great pov,…

  • Thanks John

    – loiteke

  • Jurmale
    Jurmaleover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture and title,Meeli!! Fantastiline ilu!

  • Thanks Paul

    – loiteke

  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
    Corri Gryting ...over 4 years ago

    Awesome capture!

  • Thanks Corri

    – loiteke

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

  • Oo thanks Trish for the feature

    – loiteke

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Meeli. Congratulations on your well deserved feature.

  • Thanks Bunny

    – loiteke

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    Awesome work Meeli. Don.

  • Thank you Don

    – loiteke


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