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RE: The New Papers Before Christmas
> According to Agnolin, yes. _Brontornis_ is regarded as a basal anseriform,
> along with dromornithids and _Diatryma_. _Diatryma_, _Brontornis_ and
> Dromornithidae come out as successive outgroups between Galliformes and
> Anseres. Phorusrhacids are even more basal, outside Galloanseres.
Actually, phorusrhacids aren't 'even more basal' - they just lie outside the
Galloanseres (which is what I meant to say). But it is striking how many
large, heavy and/or flightless birds end up at or near the base of the
Neornithes. Maybe other large enigmatic birds will turn up here once they are
better known - like _Eremopezus_ or _Stromeria_.
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