Struthio anderssoni Lowe & Bate, 1931

Andersson's ostrich (proposed)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: Late Pleistocene



China & Mongolia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Lowe, P. R. and Bate, Dorothy M. A. (1931). Struthious Remains from Northern China and Mongolia; with descriptions of Struthio wimani, Struthio anderssoni and Struthio mongolicus Spp. nov. With a Note on Remains of Carinate Birds. Paleontologia Sinica 6(4): 1-40.


Other references:

Andersson, J. G. (1923). On the occurrence of fossil remains of Struthionidae in China, pp. 1-152. Essays on the cenozoic of northern China. Memoirs of the Geological Survey of China (Peking), Series A, No. 3.

Andersson, J. G. (1943). Research into the prehistory of the Chinese. Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities 15: 1-300, 200 pls.

Buffetaut, Eric. (2023). The Missing Late Pleistocene Ostrich Femur from Zhoukoudian (China): New Information Provided by a Rediscovered Old Cast. Diversity 15(2): 265.

Janz, Lisa et al. (2009). Dating North Asian surface assemblages with ostrich eggshell: Implications for palaeoecology and extirpation. Journal of Archaeological Science 36(9): 1982-1989.

Martí, Africa Pitarch et al. (2017). The earliest evidence of coloured ornaments in China: The ochred ostrich eggshell beads from Shuidonggou Locality 2. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 48: 102-113. [Abstract]

Mikhailov, Konstantin E. and Zelenkov, Nikita. (2020). The late Cenozoic history of the ostriches (Aves: Struthionidae), as revealed by fossil eggshell and bone remains. Earth-Science Reviews 208: 103270.

Wei, Yi et al. (2017). A technological and morphological study of Late Paleolithic ostrich eggshell beads from Shuidonggou, North China. Journal of Archaeological Science 85: 83-104. [Abstract]

Young, C. C. (1933). On the New Finds of Fossil Eggs of Struthio Anderssoni Lowe in North China with Remarks on the Egg Remains Found in Shansi, Shensi and in Choukoutien. Bulletin of the Geological Society of China 12(1-2): 145-152. [First page preview]


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