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Whole-genome analyses resolve early branches in the tree of life of modern birds
A genome-scale phylogenetic analysis of 48 species representing all orders of Neoaves recovered a highly resolved tree that confirms previously controversial sister or close relationships and identifies the first divergence in Neoaves, two groups the authors named Passerea and Columbea. Expand
Comparative genomics reveals insights into avian genome evolution and adaptation
This work explored bird macroevolution using full genomes from 48 avian species representing all major extant clades to reveal that pan-avian genomic diversity covaries with adaptations to different lifestyles and convergent evolution of traits. Expand
An Update of Wallace’s Zoogeographic Regions of the World
A global map of zoogeographic regions is generated by combining data on the distributions and phylogenetic relationships of 21,037 species of amphibians, birds, and mammals, and it is shown that spatial turnover in the phylogenetic composition of vertebrate assemblages is higher in the Southern than in the Northern Hemisphere. Expand
The partitioning of Africa: Statistically defined biogeographical regions in sub-Saharan Africa
Aim  To test whether it is possible to establish a common biogeographical regionalization for plants and vertebrates in sub-Saharan Africa (the Afrotropical Region), using objective multivariateExpand
Local participation in natural resource monitoring: a characterization of approaches.
A typology of monitoring categories, defined by their degree of local participation, is suggested, ranging from no local involvement with monitoring undertaken by professional researchers to an entirely local effort with monitoring undertook by local people, to help develop a protocol for monitoring in developing countries. Expand
Conservation priorities for the forests of the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania, based on primates, duikers and birds
Forest fragments are ranked by occurrence of key species of primates, duikers and birds in the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania, to address questions about sustainable forest use, hunting and possibilities for forest regeneration in large tracts of fire-maintained grasslands. Expand
Systematic relationships and biogeography of the tracheophone suboscines (Aves: Passeriformes).
Based on their highly specialized "tracheophone" syrinx, the avian families Furnariidae (ovenbirds), Dendrocolaptidae (woodcreepers), Formicariidae (ground antbirds), Thamnophilidae (typicalExpand
The Role of Mountain Ranges in the Diversification of Birds
The distribution of small-ranged species is concentrated near tropical coasts, where moderation of the climate in topographically complex areas creates cloud forests and stable local conditions, and thereby the role of these places as cradles of biodiversity. Expand
Phylogenetic relationships within Passerida (Aves: Passeriformes): a review and a new molecular phylogeny based on three nuclear intron markers.
The current knowledge of the phylogenetic relationships within Passerida is reviewed and a new phylogeny based on three nuclear introns (myoglobin intron 2, ornithine decarboxylase introns 6 and 7, as well as beta-fibrinogen intron 5) is presented. Expand