Temporal range: Cretaceous - Recent
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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. Defined in this way, the group includes all modern birds, both living and recently extinct, and a few Mesozoic forms.
- ^ Cracraft, Joel (1986). "The origin and early diversification of birds". Paleobiology. 12 (4): pp. 383–399.
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