Excerpt from Check-List of Birds of the World, Vol. 8: A Continuation of the Work of James L. Peters; Tyrannidae, Pipridae, Cotingidae, Oxyruncidae, Phytotomidae, Pittidae, Philepittidae, Acanthisittidae, Menuridae, Atrichornithidae
The manuscript for Volume VIII has had a period of gestation of over 20 years. The late John Todd Zimmer had prepared almost complete manuscripts for the New World families, which comprise the bulk of the volume, before his death in 1957, and later these were read and edited by James Bond. The manuscripts for the Old World families had been completed by the present authors by 1960. Although the manuscripts for the New World families were written with Zimmer's usual care and scholarship, the latter had concerned himself only with the species and subspecies, and had used the generic and familial classifications of Hellmayr's Catalogue of Birds of the Americas virtually without change. The then editors of Peters' Checklist, Ernst Mayr and James C. Greenway, Jr., therefore decided to postpone the publication of Volume VIII until more modern classifications of the families were available.
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