The delayed rise of present-day mammals

@article{BinindaEmonds2007TheDR,
  title={The delayed rise of present-day mammals},
  author={Olaf R. P. Bininda-Emonds and Marcel Cardillo and Kate E. Jones and Ross D.E. Macphee and Robin M. D. Beck and Richard Grenyer and Samantha A Price and Rutger A. Vos and John L. Gittleman and Andy Purvis},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2007},
  volume={446},
  pages={507-512}
}
Did the end-Cretaceous mass extinction event, by eliminating non-avian dinosaurs and most of the existing fauna, trigger the evolutionary radiation of present-day mammals? Here we construct, date and analyse a species-level phylogeny of nearly all extant Mammalia to bring a new perspective to this question. Our analyses of how extant lineages accumulated through time show that net per-lineage diversification rates barely changed across the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary. Instead, these rates… Expand

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