Bone growth marks reveal protracted growth in New Zealand kiwi (Aves, Apterygidae)

@article{Bourdon2009BoneGM,
  title={Bone growth marks reveal protracted growth in New Zealand kiwi (Aves, Apterygidae)},
  author={E. Bourdon and J. Castanet and A. de Ricql{\`e}s and Paul D. Scofield and A. Tennyson and Hayat Lamrous and J. Cubo},
  journal={Biology Letters},
  year={2009},
  volume={5},
  pages={639 - 642}
}
The presence of bone growth marks reflecting annual rhythms in the cortical bone of non-avian tetrapods is now established as a general phenomenon. In contrast, ornithurines (the theropod group including modern birds and their closest relatives) usually grow rapidly in less than a year, such that no annual rhythms are expressed in bone cortices, except scarce growth marks restricted to the outer cortical layer. So far, cyclical growth in modern birds has been restricted to the Eocene Diatryma… Expand
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