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A FOSSIL SPARROW-LIKE BIRD

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    WE recently referred to a new genus and species of Passerine bird, described by Mr. J. A. Allen from a specimen found preserved in the insect-bearing shales of Florissant, Colorado. We give an illustration of these remains, which consist of the greater part of a skeleton, embracing all of the bones of the anterior and posterior extremities (excepting the femora). Unfortunately, the bill and the anterior portion of the head are wanting, but the outlines of the remainder of the head and of the neck are distinctly traceable. The bones are all in situ, and indicate beyond question a high ornithic type, probably referable to the Oscine division of the Passeres. The specimen bears also remarkably distinct impressions of the wings and tail, indicating not only the general form of these parts, but even the shafts and barbs of the feathers.

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