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Archaeopterodactylus and Euornithes
T. Michael Keesey wrote:
What's an "archaeopterodactyloid"? Is there an "Archaeopterodactylus"?
No, there is no "Archaeopterodactylus". Weird, huh? Also weird: The
cladogram shows both Archaeopterodactyloidea and Dsungaripteroidea contained
within a larger clade that also ends in "-oidea" (Pterodactyloidea). Does
this pass muster with the ICZN? The same cladogram shows _Eudimorphodon_ to
I don't know much about pterosaur phylogenetic taxonomy, but it's my guess
that the Archaeopterodactyloidea includes the 'primitive' pterodactyloids
(hence the name "Archaeopterodactyloidea"), whereas Dsungaripteroidea
includes the derived pterodactyloids. As I said, just a guess.
Wang et al. (2005) also mention the bird "_Jeholornis_ (undescribed
species)" - not _Shenzhouraptor_.
Michael Mortimer wrote:
No, it was coined by Stejneger (1885). It was basically Neognathae minus
Is this when the name Impennae was coined for penguins alone?