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- n. Plural form of cariamid.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Having said that, from the morphological point of view cariamaens certainly look enough alike to be regarded as close: some phorusrhacids have previously been classified as cariamids, for example.
To return to phorusrhacids ...... in the previous posts I at least alluded to ideas about their affinities: it is universally agreed that their closest living relatives are the South American seriemas (or cariamids), and it is furthermore agreed that two fossil groups, the bathornithids of Eocene-Miocene North America and the idiornithids of Eocene-Oligocene Europe, are also close relatives of both seriemas and phorusrhacids.
All of these birds – idiornithids, bathornithids, cariamids and phorusrhacids – form a clade termed the Cariamae Fürbringer, 1888, and conventionally they’ve been regarded as part of Gruiformes, the group that includes rails, cranes, trumpeters and several other groups.