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Re: Avian phylogeny inferred from ultraconserved elements (free pdf)
Hmmm... Among the land bird clade, Falconidae is near the base of the
> Eufalconimorphae and Acciptridae + Cathartidae and owls at the base
> of whatever their big clade is called. With Aequornithes as their
> sister group, we have a cluster where "feeding on the flesh of
> vertebrates" seems to be the basal state, at least among extant
See also: *Messelastur*, the stem-parrot of death.
BTW, does anyone know what's so equal about Aequornithes?