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Gymnogyps amplus
Temporal range: Late Pleistocene – Holocene
IMG 7619 adj
A cast of a Gymnogyps amplus skeleton (right) along with other extinct birds
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Cathartiformes
Family: Cathartidae
Genus: Gymnogyps
Species: G. amplus
Binomial name
Gymnogyps amplus
L. H. Miller, 1911

Gymnogyps amplus is an extinct species of large New World vultures in the Cathartidae family. The species was first described by L. H. Miller in 1911 from a broken tarsometatarsus.

The species is the only condor species found in the La Brea Tar Pits' Pit 10, which fossils date to "a Holocene radiocarbon age of 9,000 years." The smaller, modern California condor may have evolved from Gymnogyps amplus.

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