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Novacaesareala
Temporal range: Latest Cretaceous to Early Pliocene
Novacaesareala 2
Reconstruction of Novacaesareala by Jack Wood
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Procellariiformes
Genus: Novacaesareala
Parris & Hope, 2002
Type species
N. hungerfordii
Parris & Hope, 2002

Novacaesareala (meaning from New Jersey) is an extinct genus of avian bird from Late Cretaceous New Jersey, USA. The type and only species is N. hungerfordi.

Description[]

Novacaesareala is a large bird, likely a member of Procellariiformes. It is also a relative of Torotix, and therefore an early representative of the group containing pelicans, frigate birds, and cormorants. However, in 2016, it is thought that Novacaesareala may actually be in the order Phaethontiformes, this making it a tropicbird. The wing structure of Novacaesareala resembles that of Zhylgaia, thus showing a possible connection. Although there isn't much information, one thing that is true is that Novacaesareala is larger than any living tropicbird,

Paleoecology[]

Due to likely being a seabird, Novacaesareala probably behaved similarly to possible albatross relatives, soaring over vast stretches of ocean.

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