Seagulls | Hampton Bays, New York

© Sophie W. Smith

Joined October 2012

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The Laridae are known from not-yet published fossil evidence since the Early Oligocene, some 30–33 Ma (million years) ago. Three gull-like species were described by Alphonse Milne-Edwards from the early Miocene of Saint-Gérand-le-Puy, France. A fossil gull from the Middle to Late Miocene of Cherry County, Nebraska, USA is placed in the prehistoric genus Gaviota; apart from this and the undescribed Early Oligocene fossil, all prehistoric species were tentatively assigned to the modern genus Larus. Among those of them that have been confirmed as gulls, Milne-Edwards’ “Larus” elegans and “L.” totanoides from the Late Oligocene/Early Miocene of southeast France have since been separated in Laricola.

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