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Re: Vegavis gen. nov. - new anseriform in today's Nature



The species name ("iaai") sounds like something Dr Feduccia might say after
reading the paper. Clarke et al. (2004) refute head-on Feduccia's notion
that there modern avian lineages did not appear until after the Cretaceous,
as part of an early Tertiary "explosion".

It's true that they refute Feduccia's extreme version. Fossil evidence for a diversification of Neoaves in the K is however still lacking, as the article itself stresses.