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Higher-order phylogeny of modern birds (Theropoda, Aves: Neornithes) based on comparative anatomy. II. Analysis and discussion
  • B. Livezey, R. Zusi
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Zoological journal of the Linnean Society
  • 1 January 2007
TLDR
A phylogenetic (cladistic) analysis of 150 taxa of Neornithes, including exemplars from all non-passeriform families, and subordinal representatives of Passeriformes, confirmed the topology among outgroup Theropoda and achieved robust resolution at virtually all levels of the NeornIthes. Expand
Higher-Order Phylogenetics of Modern Aves Based On Comparative Anatomy
TLDR
P phylogenetic analysis of Mesozoic and modern birds based on the under-utilized wealth of anatomical evidence and drawing primary strength from comparatively complete, neontological specimens, and a preliminary phylogenetic hypothesis based on osteological characters compiled to date are presented. Expand
A functional and evolutionary analysis of Rhynchokinesis in birds
TLDR
The functional analysis of kinesis provides a rationale for adaptive radiation and convergence in avian orders that include rhynchokinetic members, and suggests polarities and evolutionary directions that may be useful in phylogenetic analysis. Expand
VARIATION IN THE OS PALATINUM AND ITS STRUCTURAL RELATION TO THE PALATUM OSSEUM OF BIRDS (AVES)
TLDR
It is believed that analysis of individual characters within the avian palatinum and palatal skeleton holds significantly greater promise for phylogenetic and functional inferences than the continued use of the classical, composite palatal types—palaeognathous, schizognATHous, desmognathOUS, and aegithognathos—for phylogenetic reconstructions. Expand
Myology of the purple-throated Carib (Eulampis jugularis) and other hummingbirds (Aves, Trochilidae)
TLDR
Although species with remarkable structural modifications of the bill, wings, and tail are excluded from this study, myological variation within the hummingbirds studied nevertheless suggests considerable potential for future studies of systematics and adaptation within the Trochilidae. Expand
A feeding adaptation of the jaw articulation in new world jays (Corvidae)
TLDR
Modifications of the lower jaw and its articulation as a functionally integrated character complex found only in certain New World jays are described and are clearly associated in some species with a special technique for opening nuts, especially acorns. Expand
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