Late Cretaceous bird from Madagascar reveals unique development of beaks.

  title={Late Cretaceous bird from Madagascar reveals unique development of beaks.},
  author={Patrick M. O’Connor and Alan H. Turner and Joseph R. Groenke and Ryan N. Felice and Raymond R. Rogers and David W. Krause and Lydia J. Rahantarisoa},
Mesozoic birds display considerable diversity in size, flight adaptations and feather organization1-4, but exhibit relatively conserved patterns of beak shape and development5-7. Although Neornithine (that is, crown group) birds also exhibit constraint on facial development8,9, they have comparatively diverse beak morphologies associated with a range of feeding and behavioural ecologies, in contrast to Mesozoic birds. Here we describe a crow-sized stem bird, Falcatakely forsterae gen. et sp… Expand
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  • Medicine
  • Biological reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
  • 2021
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