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Temporal range: Late Cretaceous, Maastrichtian
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Clade: Saurischia
Clade: Theropoda
Clade: Avialae
Clade: Ornithurae (?)
Genus: Antarcticavis
Cordes-Person et al., 2020
Type species
Antarcticavis capelambensis
Cordes-Person et al., 2020

Antarcticavis (meaning "Antarctic bird")[1] is an extinct genus of avialans of uncertain phylogenetic placement, possibly a member of Ornithuromorpha belonging to the group Ornithurae. It is known from a partial skeleton which was discovered in the Snow Hill Island Formation in Antarctica. The type and only species, Antarcticavis capelambensis, was announced in 2019 although the final version of the article naming it was published in 2020.[2]

The holotype, SDSM 78147,[1] consists of two thoracic vertebrae, the sternum keel, the right coracoid and shoulder blade, the sternal part of the left coracoid, the right upper arm, parts of the left upper arm, the proximal right ulna, the proximal left ulna and radius (articulated), the proximal right carpometacarpus, the proximal left carpometacarpus, the distal left carpometacarpus, the synsacrum, the right and left thighs, the proximal right tibiotarsus, the right and left distal tibiotarsus, and the proximal right tarsometatarsus.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Antarcticavis capelambensis". Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b Amanda Cordes-Person; Carolina Acosta Hospitaleche; Judd Case; James Martin (2020). "An enigmatic bird from the lower Maastrichtian of Vega Island, Antarctica". Cretaceous Research. 108: Article 104314. doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2019.104314.