Body size evolution in Mesozoic birds: little evidence for Cope's rule.

@article{Butler2008BodySE,
  title={Body size evolution in Mesozoic birds: little evidence for Cope's rule.},
  author={Richard J Butler and Anjali Goswami},
  journal={Journal of evolutionary biology},
  year={2008},
  volume={21 6},
  pages={1673-82}
}
Cope's rule, the tendency towards evolutionary increases in body size, is a long-standing macroevolutionary generalization that has the potential to provide insights into directionality in evolution; however, both the definition and identification of Cope's rule are controversial and problematic. A recent study [J. Evol. Biol. 21 (2008) 618] examined body size evolution in Mesozoic birds, and claimed to have identified evidence of Cope's rule occurring as a result of among-lineage species… CONTINUE READING
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