Pile-builder megapode

Pile-builder megapode

Pile-builder megapode

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Megapodius molistructor

The pile-builder megapode (Megapodius molistructor ) is an extinct species of megapode. The subfossil remains were found by Jean-Christophe Balouet and Storrs L. Olson in the Pindai Caves of New Caledonia. Its remains have also been found on Tonga.

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With a weight of 3.5 kg, M. molistructor was heavier than all existing Megapodius species. On Tonga, it was the largest ground-dwelling bird species. The fossil material consists of a left tarsometatarsus, a complete left scapula, a half right scapula, a proximal-end left ulna, a fragment of the right femur, several ungual phalanges, an anterior-end right scapula, a proximal-end right ulna, a distal left ulna, a distal-end left ulna proximal, and a half right femur.

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References

1. Pile-builder megapode Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pile-builder_megapode

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