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Paleogene Fossil Birds
  • G. Mayr
  • Environmental Science
    Fascinating Life Sciences
  • 7 April 2009
Diversification of Neoaves: integration of molecular sequence data and fossils
TLDR
The calibration results suggest that Neoaves, after an initial split from Galloanseres in Mid-Cretaceous, diversified around or soon after the K/T boundary, and show that there is no solid molecular evidence for an extensive pre-Tertiary radiation of Neoaves.
A Well-Preserved Archaeopteryx Specimen with Theropod Features
A nearly complete skeleton of Archaeopteryx with excellent bone preservation shows that the osteology of the urvogel is similar to that of nonavian theropod dinosaurs. The new specimen confirms the
The Paleogene fossil record of birds in Europe
  • G. Mayr
  • Environmental Science, Geography
    Biological reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical…
  • 1 November 2005
TLDR
The phylogenetic position of Paleogene birds indicates that diversification of the crown‐groups of modern avian‘families’ did not take place before the Oligocene, irrespective of their relative position within Neornithes (crown‐group birds).
The deep divergences of neornithine birds: a phylogenetic analysis of morphological characters
TLDR
A broad array of morphological characters (including both cranial and postcranial characters) are analyzed for an ingroup densely sampling Neornithes, with crown clade outgroups used to polarize these characters.
The tenth skeletal specimen of Archaeopteryx
TLDR
The tenth skeletal specimen of the Upper Jurassic Archaeopterygidae is described and demonstrates the presence of a hyperextendible second toe in archaeopteryx, supporting previous assumptions that Archaeoperyx was only facultatively arboreal.
Avian Evolution: The Fossil Record of Birds and its Paleobiological Significance
  • G. Mayr
  • Environmental Science, Geography
  • 31 October 2016
TLDR
This book gives an overview of the avian fossil record and its paleobiological significance, and it is the only up-to-date textbook that covers both Mesozoic and more modern-type Cenozoic birds in some detail.
Old World Fossil Record of Modern-Type Hummingbirds
  • G. Mayr
  • Environmental Science
    Science
  • 7 May 2004
TLDR
Tiny skeletons of stem-group hummingbirds from the early Oligocene of Germany that are of essentially modern appearance and exhibit morphological specializations toward nectarivory and hovering flight demonstrate that early hummingbird evolution was not restricted to the New World.
Phylogenetic affinities of the enigmatic avian taxon zygodactylus based on new material from the early oligocene of France
TLDR
A well‐preserved skeleton with a tentatively referred skull is described from the early Oligocene of the Luberon, southern France, as a new species, Z. luberonensis, indicating that stem group representatives of passerines already existed by the early Eocene.
Waves of genomic hitchhikers shed light on the evolution of gamebirds (Aves: Galliformes)
TLDR
The TinT information concerning relative fixation times of CR1 subtypes enabled us to efficiently investigate gamebird phylogeny and to reconstruct an unambiguous tree topology, and should provide a useful tool for investigations in other taxonomic groups as well.
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