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Re: The duck that ruled the world

A couple of years ago we were talking onlist about how Diatryma was
living like a duck. 
We also discussed how molecular data suggested that ratites were a sort
of side group of birds with galliformes (in this discussion including
ducks) being the closest near-relatives of ratites.
How would Diatryma be related to Bullockornis?

How would Presbyornis be related to Bullockornis?


"Reappraisal of the Eocene groundbird _Diatryma_ in Campbell" 1998

Timothy Williams wrote:
> Wow!  The implication is that the dromornithids - the largest birds that
> ever lived - were not ratites but giant members of the Anseriformes (ducks,
> geese, swans).  According to this article anyway.

> George wrote:
> >Visit this website to find out about Bullockornis, the giant duck that
> >ruled
> >the world.
> >
> >http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_5041.html

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