The age of the crown group of passerine birds and its evolutionary significance – molecular calibrations versus the fossil record

@article{Mayr2013TheAO,
  title={The age of the crown group of passerine birds and its evolutionary significance – molecular calibrations versus the fossil record},
  author={G. Mayr},
  journal={Systematics and Biodiversity},
  year={2013},
  volume={11},
  pages={13 - 7}
}
  • G. Mayr
  • Published 2013
  • Biology
  • Systematics and Biodiversity
  • Based on calibrations of molecular phylogenies and biogeographic considerations, it has been argued that the basal divergences of crown group Passeriformes occurred in the late Cretaceous, following the break-up of eastern Gondwana. Some implications of this hypothesis have, however, not yet been adequately addressed. In particular, a Cretaceous divergence of crown group passerines would imply an unprecedented evolutionary stasis for more than 80 million years in one of the most species-rich… CONTINUE READING
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