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Systematics And Taxonomy Of Australian Birds
Systematics and Taxonomy of Australian Birds presents an up-to-date classification of Australian birds, incorporating the extensive volume of relevant systematic work since then.
Fossil Songbirds (Passeriformes) from the Early Eocene of Australia
- W. Boles
- 1 March 1997
Support for a southern origin for the Passeriformes is added from the discovery of passerine remains from the Early Eocene Tingamurra Local Fauna at Murgon, southeastern Queensland, Australia, that are 25 million years older than the oldest northern hemisphere record.
Taxonomy and Species of Birds of Australia and its Territories
At the risk of seeming smug it can be fairly said that the Australians have not done quite so well as we have in the checklist department. Between 1953 and 1990, when the OSNZ produced three…
An arid-adapted middle Pleistocene vertebrate fauna from south-central Australia
A diverse and exceptionally well preserved middle Pleistocene vertebrate assemblage from caves beneath the arid, treeless Nullarbor plain of south-central Australia, which implies substantially greater floristic diversity than that of the modern shrub steppe.
Biogeographical and Phylogenetic Implications of an Early Miocene Wren (Aves: Passeriformes: Acanthisittidae) from New Zealand
A phylogenetic analysis of 53 osteological characters and 24 terminal taxa recovers a similar pattern of relationships of basal corvoid taxa to that obtained by recent molecular studies, suggesting that the radiation of Recent acanthisittids originated no later than the Early Miocene.
Plumage patterns are good indicators of taxonomic diversity, but not of phylogenetic affinities, in Australian grasswrens Amytornis (Aves: Maluridae).
- L. Christidis, F. Rheindt, W. Boles, J. Norman
- Biology, MedicineMolecular phylogenetics and evolution
- 1 November 2010
It appears that in Amytornis, plumage differentiation between discrete populations is taxonomically significant, and not greatly influenced by ecophenotypic variation, however, at the deeper phylogenetic level, similar suites of plumage characters may be phylogenetically uninformative because of homoplasy.
A new endemic family of New Zealand passerine birds: adding heat to a biodiversity hotspot
P phylogenetic analysis of two molecular datasets sampling all three endemic New Zealand ‘honeyeaters’ confirms that Notiomystis is not a honeyeater, but is instead most closely related to the Callaeidae (New Zealand wattlebirds) represented by Philesturnus carunculatus in this study.
A new cockatoo (Psittaciformes: Cacatuidae) from the Tertiary of Riversleigh, northwestern Queensland, and an evaluation of rostral characters in the systematics of parrots.
- W. Boles
- 3 April 2008
The first Tertiary cockatoo or any psittaciform from Australia is recorded from an incomplete rostrum from the Riversleigh deposits of northwestern Queensland, Australia. It is placed in the extant…
Current status of species-level representation in faunas from selected fossil localities in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, northwestern Queensland
Current lists of species-level representation in faunas from 80 Cenozoic fossil localities at the Riversleigh World Heritage Area have been compiled by review of recorded occurrences of taxa obtained…