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Re: *Fluvioviridavis* is a Podargiform, PLoS ONE (OA)
This might be the best paper I've read describing a Tertiary bird.
Most simply note a few 'key' areas of the skeleton, provide a small
image of the skeleton, and at most include a tiny morphological
analysis of a few taxa. Nesbitt et al. actually describe the
morphology in depth, include detailed figures of the skull, pelvis,
etc. and use a large analysis with many living and fossil
cypselomorph OTUs, molecular characters and several potential
outgroups. If more workers follow their example we might get
neoavian phylogeny worked out sooner than later.
Have you noticed...
-- The first author has never, AFAIK, worked on birds before, but has
recently published a seriously big phylogenetic analysis and has
previously published several in-depth morphological descriptions of
-- The second author has published on penguin phylogeny and IIRC
descriptions of new Paleogene birds, but is also familiar with other
-- The third author has worked on Mesozoic birds and the origin of
birds, is a former student of the man who authored the publication that
introduced phylogenetics to the study of dinosaurs, and is deeply
involved in phylogenetic nomenclature.
None of them is a mainstream paleornithologist...
I hope they transform the field.