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Re: Hongshanornis longicresta
David Marjanovic wrote:
(Now if it had been called *H. longicr_i_sta*...)
The authors say "cresta" is a Latin word.
Why do you think they are using any? They might just be following BAND
usage (you know, the opposite of "Sauriurae") which seems to be rather
popular in China.
That could be true - at least in part. Although Zhou and Zhang's
phylogenetic analysis (Fig. 6, in "Supporting Information") does not support
a basal Sauriurae-Ornithurae split, the authors may be keeping much the same
content for Ornithurae as for classifications that do use the
Sauriurae-Ornithurae system. Zhou and Zhang's phylogenetic analysis gives
_Archaeopteryx_, _Jeholornis_, _Sapeornis_, _Confuciusornis_, and _Vorona_
as successive outgroups to an Enantiornithes+'Ornithurae' clade - thus,
Martin's 'Sauriurae', is paraphyletic, and the name 'Sauriurae' is not even
mentioned in the text.
According to Taxon Search, Sauriurae (originally Saururae) does not have a
phylogenetic definition. Big surprise there.