Linking the evolution of body shape and locomotor biomechanics in bird-line archosaurs

@article{Allen2013LinkingTE,
  title={Linking the evolution of body shape and locomotor biomechanics in bird-line archosaurs},
  author={Vivian L. Allen and Karl T Bates and Zhiheng Li and John R Hutchinson},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2013},
  volume={497},
  pages={104-107}
}
Locomotion in living birds (Neornithes) has two remarkable features: feather-assisted flight, and the use of unusually crouched hindlimbs for bipedal support and movement. When and how these defining functional traits evolved remains controversial. However, the advent of computer modelling approaches and the discoveries of exceptionally preserved key specimens now make it possible to use quantitative data on whole-body morphology to address the biomechanics underlying this issue. Here we use… CONTINUE READING
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