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Re: African neognaths

At 09:20 PM 20/07/02 +0200, Tommy Tyrberg wrote:
DNA studies, fossils and the modern distribution of taxa all rather
strongly support a Gondwanan (S
America-Antarctica-Madagascar/India-Australia) origin for passerines, with
the oscine passerines being an originally Australian/New Zealand
(=Xenicidae) group.

I'm aware of suggestions that Xenicids are the outgroup to all other passerines, but that includes suboscines so the Xenicidae could hardly, then, be oscine. Is there a recent study suggesting otherwise?

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