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Class Aves
Order Accipitriformes
Family Accipitridae


Neophrontops americanus Miller 1916—American NeophrontopsDistribution of regional Pleistocene Neophrontops americanus

The American Neophrontops was a New World representative of what today are Old World vultures and, like the Old World vultures, is assigned to the Accipitridae rather than the Cathartidae. According to Howard (1932), it was similar to the Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus. Howard suggested that it likely was largely a feeder on carrion, though she recognized that it may also have preyed on mouse-sized animals and on large insects.


Wisconsin: Carpinteria (Guthrie 2009).

Mid Wisconsin: McKittrick (Jefferson 1991a).

Mid/Late Wisconsin: Dark Canyon Cave (Howard 1971); Rancho La Brea (Stock and Harris 1992).

Literature. Guthrie 2009; Howard 1932, 1971; Jefferson 1991a; Stock and Harris 1992.


Neophrontops vallecitoensis Howard 1963—Vallecito NeophrontopsRegional distribution of Pleistocene Neophrontops vallecitoensis


Late Blancan/Irvingtonian: Vallecito Creek, Anza-Borrego Desert (Howard 1963).

Literature. Howard 1963.


Last Update: 27 Mar 2014