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Evolutionary versatility of the avian neck

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Bird necks display unparalleled levels of morphological diversity compared to other vertebrates, yet it is unclear what factors have structured this variation. Using three-dimensional geometric morphometrics and multivariate statistics, we show that the avian cervical column is a hierarchical morpho-functional appendage, with varying magnitudes of ecologically driven osteological variation at different scales of organization. Contrary to expectations given the widely varying ecological functi...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1098/rspb.2020.3150

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University of Oxford
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Publisher:
Royal Society Publisher's website
Journal:
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences Journal website
Volume:
288
Article number:
20203150
Publication date:
2021-03-03
Acceptance date:
2021-02-03
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EISSN:
1471-2954
ISSN:
0962-8452
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English
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1160023
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pubs:1160023
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2021-02-04

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