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Re: Presbyornis, Diatryma, and dromornithids (was Re: The duck that ruled the...
In a message dated 5/26/2000 2:54:46 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> Interesting point. My guess is that they probably weren't closely related,
> since _Diatryma_ (a gastornithid, perhaps even the same as _Gastornis_)
> brontornithids and phororhacids are usually thought to be related to
> Gruiformes (cranes, rails, coots).
Actually, the most common opinion I've heard bandied about lately is that the
gastornithids belong somewhere in the Galloanserae.