‡ (syn. Meleagris Ϯ La Brea Turkey M. californicus) Gr. παρα para near; genus Pavo Linnaeus, 1758, peafowl; "The fossil species from the asphalt is, in the combination of its osteological characters, intermediate between the Yucatan and the oriental birds, which are separated at present by subfamily distinction. It would seem imperative therefore to establish generic distinction for the Pleistocene bird. For this genus the name Parapavo is proposed. In a study of the phylogeny of the Phasianidae, a most logical place to search for intermediates between phasianines and meleagrines would be the Pacific Coast of North America. This search has been rewarded" (L. Miller 1916).