The quality of the fossil record of Mesozoic birds

  title={The quality of the fossil record of Mesozoic birds},
  author={Toby M R Fountaine and Michael J. Benton and Gareth J. Dyke and Robert L. Nudds},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  pages={289 - 294}
The Mesozoic fossil record has proved critical for understanding the early evolution and subsequent radiation of birds. Little is known, however, about its relative completeness: just how ‘good’ is the fossil record of birds from the Mesozoic? This question has come to prominence recently in the debate over differences in estimated dates of origin of major clades of birds from molecular and palaeontological data. Using a dataset comprising all known fossil taxa, we present analyses that go some… 

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