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Re: [dinosaur] Vegaviidae, new clade of diving birds that survived K/T boundary.




Ben Creisler
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And as has been pointed out in a few places online, the spelling should be "Vegavidae" if it's formed from the generic name Vegavis. Apparently, the spelling here is patterned after Gaviidae (from Gavia) with a double i..

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On Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 10:28 AM, David Marjanovic <david.marjanovic@gmx.at> wrote:
Interestingly, Vegaviidae is neither called a family anywhere in the paper, nor is it given a phylogenetic definition – even though there's a "type" genus, a list of included taxa and a diagnosis. Evidently the name is not meant to belong to either rank-based or phylogenetic nomenclature, even though the authors would clearly like future works to use this name in a consistent way.
 
(The lack of registration in ZooBank is consistent with this, but of course doesn't mean much.)
 
Federico L. Agnolín, Federico Brissón Egli, Sankar Chatterjee, Jordi Alexis Garcia Marsà & Fernando E. Novas (2017)
Vegaviidae, a new clade of southern diving birds that survived the K/T boundary.
The Science of Nature 104:87 (advance online publication)