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Re: Ji and Ji's Classification
> (It's kind of odd to me that two
> Chinese researchers are writing about how to define an English word [...])
I'm sure niao3 is the 1 : 1 equivalent. There are no flightless birds in
China that might jumble folk taxonomies. Not sure about bats, but there's an
extra word for them in any case.
> They all seem kind of useless to me. "Aptilonia", "Eoptilonia" and
> "Chuniaoia" (any guesses as to the etymology on that one?)
Looks Chinese: chu-niao-. See above for my GUESS of -niao-.
> "Orthornithes" = Confuciusornithidae or
What's actually "straight" about them as opposed to Eu- and Enantiornithes?