Palaeotodus emryi Olson

This is just a doodle, or sketch of a Palaeotodus emryi, a rather large tody ancestor from the Early Oligocene of Wyoming, USA.    

This fossil tody was nearly 50% larger, and probably had a somewhat shorter bill and larger wings than the recent species.  

Today, todies are restricted to the Caribbean, where five species, which all more or less look the same, are found on Cuba, on Hispaniola as well as on Jamaica and Puerto Rico.  

It is very strange to see how little these birds have changed during the last 30 Ma. years of their known existence!

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edited: 22.05.2018

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