Early Evolution of Modern Birds Structured by Global Forest Collapse at the End-Cretaceous Mass Extinction

@article{Field2018EarlyEO,
  title={Early Evolution of Modern Birds Structured by Global Forest Collapse at the End-Cretaceous Mass Extinction},
  author={D. Field and A. Bercovici and Jacob S. Berv and R. Dunn and J. Gauthier},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2018},
  volume={28},
  pages={1825-1831.e2}
}
The fossil record and recent molecular phylogenies support an extraordinary early-Cenozoic radiation of crown birds (Neornithes) after the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) mass extinction [1-3]. However, questions remain regarding the mechanisms underlying the survival of the deepest lineages within crown birds across the K-Pg boundary, particularly since this global catastrophe eliminated even the closest stem-group relatives of Neornithes [4]. Here, ancestral state reconstructions of neornithine… Expand
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