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Re: Class AVES expanded (preliminary classification)
On Thu, 24 Jan 2002, David Marjanovic wrote:
> > Isn't the largest stem-based avian clade already named Ornithosuchia?
> Bad name. Won't stay under PhyloCode anyway.
Agreed. I think Ornithotarsi was also proposed?
> > No, Parvicursorinae was NEVER published to my knowledge. Karhu and Rautian
> > (1996) named Parvicursoridae and specifically excluded Mononykus from it,
> > although they viewed them as closely related.
> Ah. That happens when I don't read primary literature.
Subfamilia Parvicursorinae is, I think, acceptable under ICZN rules, since
the existence of Familia Parvicursoridae implies it. Since _Mononykinae_
was named after Parvicursoridae was, Parvicursorinae is preferred by ICZN
rules. But _Mononykinae_ is preferable according to the philosophy of
phylogenetic taxonomy, since it has been given a precise definition
(_Mononykus olecranus_ + _Shuvuuia deserti_).
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