Molecular data reveal some major adaptational shifts in the early evolution of the most diverse avian family, the Furnariidae

@article{Fjelds2004MolecularDR,
  title={Molecular data reveal some major adaptational shifts in the early evolution of the most diverse avian family, the Furnariidae},
  author={Jon Fjelds{\aa} and Martin Irestedt and Per G. P. Ericson},
  journal={Journal of Ornithology},
  year={2004},
  volume={146},
  pages={1-13}
}
A robust phylogeny estimate for the family Furnariidae (sensu lato) was obtained using sequences of two nuclear introns and one mitochondrial gene (cyt b). Contrary to the widely accepted sister-group relationship of ovenbirds (Furnariinae) and woodcreepers (Dendrocolaptinae), a basal clade is suggested for Sclerurus and Geositta, while Xenops, hitherto considered an aberrant ovenbird, was found to occupy a basal position on the woodcreeper lineage. The morphological variation is re-interpreted… 

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