Fowl

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Fowl
Temporal range: Late CretaceousHolocene, 67.6–0 Ma[1][2]
Alectura lathami - Centenary Lakes.jpg
Australian brushturkey (Alectura lathami)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Infraclass: Neognathae
Superorder: Galloanserae
Sclater, 1880
Subgroups

Galloanserans are birds belonging to one of two biological orders, namely the gamefowl or landfowl (Galliformes) and the waterfowl (Anseriformes). It happens that birds in these groups are good to eat, and often hunted by gun. So the word 'fowl' may be used for a game bird. The group is mostly of birds we hunt or farm, and which we eat. Studies of anatomical and molecular similarities suggest these two groups are close evolutionary relatives. Together, they form the fowl clade, the Galloanserae.[3] This clade is also supported by morphological and DNA sequence data,[4] as well as retrotransposon data.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Field, Daniel J.; Benito, Juan; Chen, Albert; Jagt, John W. M.; Ksepka, Daniel T. (March 2020). "Late Cretaceous neornithine from Europe illuminates the origins of crown birds". Nature. 579 (7799): 397–401. doi:10.1038/s41586-020-2096-0. ISSN 0028-0836. PMID 32188952.
  2. Van Tuinen M. (2009) Birds (Aves). In The Tree of Life, Hedges SB, Kumar S (eds). Oxford: Oxford University Press; 409–411.
  3. Sibley C, Ahlquist J. & Monroe B. 1988. A classification of the living birds of the world based on DNA-DNA hybridization studies. Auk 105: 409-423.
  4. Chubb A. 2004. New nuclear evidence for the oldest divergence among neognath birds: the phylogenetic utility of ZENK(i). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 30: 140-151
  5. Kriegs et al. 2007. Waves of genomic hitchhikers shed light on the evolution of gamebirds (Aves: Galliformes). BMC Evolutionary Biology 7: 190 (Fulltext). Archived 2010-02-01 at WebCite