The changing face of birds from the age of the dinosaurs

Field, Daniel J. (2020) The changing face of birds from the age of the dinosaurs. Nature, 588 (7837). pp. 221-222. ISSN 0028-0836 DOI

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PDF version As living dinosaurs, birds are the product of a long and complex evolutionary history that has given rise to more than 11,000 living species1. The past decade has witnessed a surge of interest in the evolution of the avian skull — a structure that is hugely variable across the diversity of living birds2. However, our ability to test hypotheses of how and when key transformations of the bird skull took place is limited if we can’t incorporate fossils into evolutionary models. Writing in Nature, O’Connor et al.3 report a stunning fossil-bird discovery from the age of the dinosaurs that reminds us of the crucial value of fossils for casting light on unexpected complexities in avian evolutionary history.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2020AREP; IA76
Subjects: 04 - Palaeobiology
Divisions: 04 - Palaeobiology
08 - Green Open Access
Journal or Publication Title: Nature
Volume: 588
Page Range: pp. 221-222
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Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2020 15:44
Last Modified: 25 May 2021 00:01

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