The evolution of flightlessness: Is history important?

@article{Roff2005TheEO,
  title={The evolution of flightlessness: Is history important?},
  author={Derek A. Roff},
  journal={Evolutionary Ecology},
  year={2005},
  volume={8},
  pages={639-657}
}
  • D. Roff
  • Published 1 November 1994
  • Biology
  • Evolutionary Ecology
SummaryThough most birds and insects are capable of flight (‘volant’) some species are flightless. In this paper I test the hypothesis that phylogenetic constraints have played a role in the evolution of flightlessness. If speciation occurred after the evolutionary transition to flightlessness, inferences concerning the importance of particular aspects of the environment on the probability of the evolution of flightlessness may be statistically spurious because of the inflation of the sample… 

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