Synchrotron scanning reveals amphibious ecomorphology in a new clade of bird-like dinosaurs

@article{Cau2017SynchrotronSR,
  title={Synchrotron scanning reveals amphibious ecomorphology in a new clade of bird-like dinosaurs},
  author={Andrea Cau and Vincent Beyrand and Dennis F.A.E. Voeten and Vincent Fernandez and Paul Tafforeau and Koen Stein and Rinchen Barsbold and Khishigjav Tsogtbaatar and Philip J. Currie and Pascal Godefroit},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2017},
  volume={552},
  pages={395-399}
}
Maniraptora includes birds and their closest relatives among theropod dinosaurs. During the Cretaceous period, several maniraptoran lineages diverged from the ancestral coelurosaurian bauplan and evolved novel ecomorphologies, including active flight, gigantism, cursoriality and herbivory. Propagation X-ray phase-contrast synchrotron microtomography of a well-preserved maniraptoran from Mongolia, still partially embedded in the rock matrix, revealed a mosaic of features, most of them absent… 
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