Supriya Ghosh

Gruae

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Kingdom  Animalia
Clade  Passerea
Scientific name  Gruae
Phylum  Chordata
Clade  Gruae Bonaparte, 1854
Higher classification  Passerea
Gruae
Lower classifications  Shorebirds, Gruiformes, Hoatzin, Bustard, Rallidae

Gruae is a clade of birds that contains the order Opisthocomiformes (hoatzin) and Gruimorphae (shorebirds and rails) identified in 2014 by genome analysis. Despite its unusual and primitive morphology, genetic studies have shown the hoatzin is not as primitive or as ancient as once thought, and that it could be very derived bird that reverted or retain some plesiomorphic traits.

References

Gruae Wikipedia


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