Neognathae


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Neognathae

one of the two major groups of living birds, including the flying forms. The group is distinguished by having a small prevomer bone which does not touch the pterygoid bones. Compare PALAEOGNATHAE.
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The rhynchokinesis of Neognathae was considered by Zusi (1993) to be an apomorphic condition among birds, derived from the ancestral prokinetic condition with wide nasal openings.