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Re: Thoughts on the biggest morphological bird analysis
> I'd like to see how an analysis deals with all those
> large flightless taxa -
> dromornithids, dinornithids, diatrymids,
> phorusrhacids, etc... How tempted
> is the analysis to pull all these taxa together
> based on shared traits that
> result from loss of flight and/or obligate
> terrestrial locomotion? I'm
> guessing the analysis won't be fooled.
And if, all the better as it is basically a milk run -
gonna show what characters are flightlessness
homoplasies, and how they affect the phylogeny.
> >> |--Pygopodo-tubinares
> >It goes without saying that the ICZN mandates the
> deletion of the hyphen.
> I'm not excusing this practice, but ornithology has
> a long history of
> hyphenated taxon names (e.g., Laro-Limicolae).
Doesn't it only apply from families downwards in any
> >We know how Mayr will spend the rest of this
> year... :-)
> The Messel birds could be very helpful, yes.
He should take a look at the Polarornis and
Neogaeornis material some time.
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