Late Cretaceous - Holocene, 66–0 Ma
|Diversity of Australaves:|
Australaves is a is a recently defined clade of birds, consisting of the Eufalconimorphae (passerines, parrots and falcons) as well as the Cariamiformes (including seriamas and the extinct "terror birds"). They appear to be the sister group of Afroaves. As in the case of Afroaves, the most basal clades are predatory, suggesting this was the ancestral lifestyle.
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