ⓘ Neanis

                                     

ⓘ Neanis

Neanis is an extinct genus of bird probably related to woodpeckers and toucans. It contains at least one species, N. schucherti, N. kistneri resembles this, but it probably belongs to a distinct genus and may not be closely related. Both are known from the Late Wasatchian stratum of the Early Eocene Green River Formation of the Western-Central USA. "N." kistneri is known from one fairly complete, but not very well preserved skeleton, whereas of N. schucherti even less material was found.

Systematic assignment of the genus in addition to the problems associated with "N." kistneri not solved. Initially, the family at this time, only the species is considered passeriform. "N." kistneri was described 60 years later as species of the genus Primobucco, which are then thought to be related to woodpeckers because it was a zygodactyl foot or at least could turn the outer toe backward, a few years later, several genera, including Primobucco and Neanis was introduced in the new family, the Primobucconidae, which were considered a primitive form of a puffbird.

However, it is already known that primobucconids as originally defined are a paraphyletic assemblage, including taxa as diverse as Coliiformes and Coraciiforms. Indeed, the only genus of the family Primobucco without kistneri, and the family as such was moved to the Coraciiforms. The closest relatives of Neanis schucherti may be the piciformes, or it may be a form of the ancestors of the piciformes-order include radiation. "N." kistneri seems to be more closely related to piciformes birds. Neanis schucherti seem to have some characteristics in common with Hassiavis and may even be cypselomorph

                                     
  • birds were more omnivorous than the exclusively predaceous modern rollers. Neanis Brodkorb, Pierce 1970 An Eocene Puffbird from Wyoming Rocky Mountain
  • assign because they were even closer still to the Piciformes see also Neanis In addition, there are some prehistoric genera which are likewise difficult
  • foot. A number of prehistoric families and genera, from the Early Eocene Neanis and Hassiavis, the Zygodactylidae Primoscenidae, Gracilitarsidae, Sylphornithidae
  • to group ancestral Coraciiformes, the actual sandcoleids and forms like Neanis together in a paraphyletic assemblage. Even though the sandcoleids are now
  • Bird Journal of Paleontology. 47 3 501 503. Alan Feduccia 1976 Neanis schucherti Restudied: Another Eocene Piciform Bird PDF In Collected
  • areas important to Christians, saying that he substituted the Greek word neanis woman for parthenos virgin in Isaiah 7: 14 and Genesis 24: 43. Symmachus