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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
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.
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 (typical
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.
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
Monophyletic groups within 'higher land birds' - comparison of morphological and molecular data
All three analyses support the hitherto disputed sister group relationship between Pici (Ramphastidae, Indicatoridae and Picidae) and Galbulae (Galbulidae and Bucconidae).
Phylogeny of Passerida (Aves: Passeriformes) based on nuclear and mitochondrial sequence data.
The African rockfowl and rockjumper are found to constitute the deepest branch within Passerida, but relationships among the other taxa are poorly resolved--only four major clades receive statistical support.
Niche filling slows the diversification of Himalayan songbirds
It is shown that body size and shape differences evolved early in the radiation, with the elevational band occupied by a species evolving later, which implies that speciation rate is ultimately set by niche filling, rather than by the rate of acquisition of reproductive isolation.
Inter-generic relationships of the crows, jays, magpies and allied groups (Aves: Corvidae) based on nucleotide sequence data
A biogeographic analysis of the data suggests that the Corvidae underwent an initial radiation in Southeast Asia, consistent with the observation that almost all basal clades in the phylogenetic tree consist of species adapted to tropical and subtropical forest habitats.
Phylogeny of major lineages of suboscines (Passeriformes) analysed by nuclear DNA sequence data
The presented results from the analysis of nuclear DNA agree well with morphology and DNA-DNA hybridisation data and indicate the great potential of these two nuclear genes to resolve very old divergences in birds.