New Zealand Passerines Help Clarify the Diversification of Major Songbird Lineages during the Oligocene

@inproceedings{Gibb2015NewZP,
  title={New Zealand Passerines Help Clarify the Diversification of Major Songbird Lineages during the Oligocene},
  author={Gillian Claire Gibb and Ryan England and Gerrit Hartig and Patricia A. McLenachan and Briar L. Taylor Smith and Bennet James McComish and Alan Cooper and D. Penny},
  booktitle={Genome biology and evolution},
  year={2015}
}
Passerines are the largest avian order, and the 6,000 species comprise more than half of all extant bird species. This successful radiation probably had its origin in the Australasian region, but dating this origin has been difficult due to a scarce fossil record and poor biogeographic assumptions. Many of New Zealand's endemic passerines fall within the deeper branches of the passerine radiation, and a well resolved phylogeny for the modern New Zealand element in the deeper branches of the… CONTINUE READING
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