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Re: Metaves and Coronaves
David Marjanovic wrote:
The famous "heavy-bodied ground bird" :-)
Other studies have found that the base of the Neornithes seems to be
chock-full of heavy-bodied birds with poor or no flying abilities:
paleognaths (ratites, tinamous) and galloanserine birds (including ducks and
geese, screamers, "chooks", probably dromornithids, and maybe even
So one should be tempted to look for different geographic origins of
Metaves and Coronaves.
I have to say, I'm not exactly sold on the entire Metaves-Coronaves thing.
I think we have a long way to go before we thrash out neornithine phylogeny.
Molecules certainly help, but they are not the final arbiter.