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Temporal range: Cretaceous - Recent
Ichthyornis BW.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
(unranked): Carinatae
  • Apatornithidae
  • Iaceornis
  • Ichthyornithes
  • Limenavis
  • Neornithes
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The Carinatae are, in phylogenetic taxonomy, the last common ancestor of the Neornithes (modern birds) and Ichthyornis (an extinct seabird of the Cretaceous), and all its descendants.[1] Defined in this way, the group includes all modern birds, both living and recently extinct, and a few Mesozoic forms.


  1. ^ Cracraft, Joel (1986). "The origin and early diversification of birds". Paleobiology. 12 (4): pp. 383–399. 
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