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Diversification of Neoaves: integration of molecular sequence data and fossils
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 Gondwanan origin of passerine birds supported by DNA sequences of the endemic New Zealand wrens
- P. Ericson, L. Christidis, J. Norman
- BiologyProceedings of the Royal Society of London…
- 7 February 2002
It is demonstrated that the endemic New Zealand wrens (Acanthisittidae) are the sister taxon to all other extant passerines, supporting a Gondwanan origin and early radiation of passerines.
Phylogeny and classification of the avian superfamily Sylvioidea.
Flight Speeds among Bird Species: Allometric and Phylogenetic Effects
It is demonstrated that functional flight adaptations and constraints associated with different evolutionary lineages have an important influence on cruising flapping flight speed that goes beyond the general aerodynamic scaling effects of mass and wing loading.
DNA barcoding of Scandinavian birds reveals divergent lineages in trans-Atlantic species
- A. Johnsen, E. Rindal, J. Lifjeld
- Biology, Environmental ScienceJournal of Ornithology
- 10 January 2010
This study demonstrates the effectiveness of COI barcodes for identifying Scandinavian birds and highlights taxa for taxonomic review.
Systematic relationships of the palaeogene family Presbyornithidae (Aves: Anseriformes)
- P. Ericson
- 1 December 1997
The often suggested close relationship of anseriform and galliform birds is not confirmed by osteology, and the Anseriformes and the Phoenicopteridae form a monophyletic clade that is the sister to the remaining ciconiiform birds.
Evolution, biogeography, and patterns of diversification in passerine birds
This paper summarizes and discusses the many new insights into passerine evolution gained from an increased general interest in avian evolution among biologists, and particularly from the extensive…
Systematic relationships and biogeography of the tracheophone suboscines (Aves: Passeriformes).
Homeotic effects, somitogenesis and the evolution of vertebral numbers in recent and fossil amniotes
- Johannes Müller, T. Scheyer, M. Sánchez-Villagra
- BiologyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 11 January 2010
It is shown that the mammalian (synapsid) and reptilian lineages show early in their evolutionary histories clear divergences in axial developmental plasticity, in terms of both regionalization and meristic change, with basal synapsids sharing the conserved axial configuration of crown mammals, and basal reptiles demonstrating the plasticity of extant taxa.