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On the origins of birds: the sequence of character acquisition in the evolution of avian flight

Abstract:

Assessment of competing theories for the evolution of avian flight is problematic, and tends to rest too heavily on reconstruction of the mode of life of one or a few specimens representing still fewer species. A more powerful method is to compare the sequence of character acquisition predicted by the various theories with the empirical sequence provided by cladistic phylogeny. Arboreal and cursorial theories incorrectly predict the sequence of character acquisition for several key features o...

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10.1098/rspb.1999.0772

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
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Author
Journal:
PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
Volume:
266
Issue:
1425
Pages:
1259-1266
Publication date:
1999-06-22
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EISSN:
1471-2970
ISSN:
0962-8452
URN:
uuid:7baeaa4a-ca16-40b5-b67b-85be161a4471
Source identifiers:
383062
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pubs:383062

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