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RAW, no. The Undeath word just says "raise as skeletons or zombies." It does not say "as animate dead" or have any other verbiage allowing a RAW variant. Variants say they may be created by animate dead but not other things kinda like it. Of course it's completely reasonable to do so, but if you're strict about RAW then you're on the wrong side of it.
The spell word text is not clear about mentioning that variants are not permitted. The Animate Dead spell also says nothing about variants (except in notes of the editor, regarding rules about interaction between variants and the spell found in the variant monster rules, not the spell). Also, in the same page, you can see there is a lesser version of Animate ...
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