One very simplified cladogram for birds is shown below:
Archaeopteryx and some other extinct groups are not included in the crown group. They fall outside the Neoaves clade, as they diverged earlier. They are not part of the clade which resulted in modern birds.
Stem group[change | change source]
The stem group of birds would be all the earlier Aves minus the crown group.
References[change | change source]
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