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author1Teresa Tomek
Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals
Polish Academy of Sciences
Slawkowska 17, 31-016 Kraków
Poland

Teresa Tomek graduated from the Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland in 1967 and received her PhD in 1976. She has been working at the Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków since 1971. She published more than 60 scientific papers on various aspects of ornithology, paleontology and comparative osteology of birds. Teresa took part in eight ornithological expeditions to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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author2Zbigniew M. Bochenski
Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals
Polish Academy of Sciences
Slawkowska 17, 31-016 Kraków
Poland
corresponding author

Zbigniew M. Bochenski graduated from the Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland in 1987 and received his PhD in 1994. He has been working at the Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków, Poland since 1987. He divides his research activity between fossil and modern bird remains. He has published a number of papers on avian taphonomy, fossil and archaeological bird remains, and several works on the comparative osteology of modern birds. He was the recipient of three major one-year each scholarships, which helped him gain professional experience in other academic centers, including Germany, Switzerland and the USA.

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author3Krzysztof Wertz
Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals
Polish Academy of Sciences
Slawkowska 17, 31-016 Kraków
Poland

Krzysztof Wertz graduated from the Jagiellonian University with a degree in biology in 2006. He works at the Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals, Polish Academy of Sciences as a biologist and curator of the bird comparative collection. He has been participating in a number of scientific projects, including archaeological excavations and descriptions of new species. He often refers to himself in the third person. 

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author4Ewa Swidnicka
Department of Palaeozoology
Chair of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology
University of Wrocław
Sienkiewicza 21, 50-335 Wrocław
Poland

Ewa Swidnicka graduated from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań with master’s studies degree in the field of Earth Sciences in 1978. She gained paleontological experience under the direction of a paleontologist Professor Anna Jerzmańska in the Department of Palaeozoology, University of Wrocław. She is a co-author of a number of scientific articles, mostly on fossil fishes, birds and also insects including a monographic work on fossil fishes from the Oligocene-Miocene deposits based on about 200 exposures from the Polish Flysch Carpathians. Currently, Ewa is working on paleontological materials from the outcrops of Paleogene and Neogene sediments in the Polish Carpathians. 

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