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ANATALAVIS



On _Anatalavis_, Fred Ruhe wrote...
 
> Somewhere I've red that Gareth Dyke doesn't believe, the genus belongs
> in the Anseranatidae, I can't remember the ref, but maybe he can tell
> us more!

Gareth won't be replying as he's back in the UK for graduation right 
now (incidentally Gareth and I both live in the same city - 
Southampton - and both went to the same school. We're meeting up 
tomorrow I think). His rebuttal to Olson's identification of 
_Anatalavis_ as an anseranatid was present at SVP 2000 (also SVPCA 
2000), is discussed at full length in his phd thesis, and is currently in 
press - apparently it will appear soon.

Olson's characters were mostly primitive for anseriforms if I remember 
and _Anatalavis_ is best placed as a basal anseriform (and not allied to 
_Anseranas_).

"All jungles were their jungles, and not a living thing stood before 
them" [corrected version]

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