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Re: Mesozoic roots of parrots and passerine birds
> Don't worry, Eufalconimorphae won't ever appear again. Like
Pegasoferae is one of the few names dreamed up by molecular
researchers that actually shows a bit of creativity. What do you
call a clade that includes bats, horses, and Ferae (i.e., Carnivora
plus whatever it's closest to, in this case pangolins)? Combine the
bats and horses into winged horses, and then combine again! I think
that's pretty clever.
Oh yes, I love it.
And it has 5150 Google hits. I don't think it's going away.
...Oh. Do I sense mistrust of the use of retroposon insertions in
molecular phylogenetics? That would be unfortunate. Convergent insertion
of the same retroposon in the same place of two genomes is right next to
impossible. All that can happen to confound phylogenetics is incomplete
lineage sorting -- which has been detected this way in the origins of
Scrotifera and (as the new paper shows) Neoaves. I bet these were
radiations into the empty world of the earliest Paleocene.
(Eufalconimorphae might be even worse than these, though....)
Fortunately, the PhyloCode is against this monstrosity: the name
Eufalconimorphae implies a "Falconimorphae" which appears not to exist.
I also hate the -ae in Psittacopasserae and Galloanserae. There is no
way you can get from *Passer* or *Anser* to -ae. It should be
Psittacopasseres and Gallanseres (without the stupid vowel cluster). But
neither the PhyloCode nor the ICZN say anything about these.