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Order: Accipitirformes - includes hawks, eagles, vultures (or Ciconiiformes - includes storks, herons); taxonomy at this level uncertain
Family: Teratornithidae (extinct family of prehistoric birds)
Species: Teratornis merriami (Miller, 1909) - Merriam's Teratorn (extinct)
Species: Aiolornis incredibilis (Howard, 1952; new combination by Campbell) - Incredible Teratorn (extinct)
Species: Cathartornis gracilis (Miller, 1910) - Slender Teratorn (extinct)
Species: Argentavis magnificens (Campbell & Toni, 1980) - Magnificent Argentine Teratorn (extinct)
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Argentavis magnificens: known from central and northwestern Argentina
Teratornis merriami: known from California, plus Florida, New Mexico, and Mexico
Cathartornis gracilis: known only from Rancho La Brea, California
Ailornis incredibilis: found in southern California and Nevada
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How to cite: Extinct Teratorn (Family Teratornithidae) Fact Sheet. c2009. San Diego (CA): San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance; [accessed YYYY Mmm dd]. http://ielc.libguides.com/sdzg/factsheets/ extinctteratorn
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