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RE: New Papers
Jerry Harris wrote-
BTW, to ruin the surprise, the "new lineage" isn't named but includes
(_Yanornis_ + (_Yixianornis_ + _Songlingornis_)).
You know, I get it when authors don't want to create new clade names because
the clade's especially provisional, or just to protect against an abundance
of names, but Yanornithiformes, Yanornithidae and Songlingornithidae already
exist. At SVP 2002, I think Clarke used Yanornithidae for the clade. I
wonder why she didn't follow through in the publication.
The paper itself is pretty cool, although the data matrix is missing. One
odd thing about Yixianornis is that the cervical centra vary from having
partial heterocoely to none at all. Strange for such a derived bird.
Updated its codings yesterday. Now for Dapingfangornis.
- New Papers
- From: "Jerry D. Harris" <firstname.lastname@example.org>