High rates of evolution preceded the origin of birds

We find evidence that Aves appear to have a unique relationship between body size and forelimb dimensions. Traits associated with Aves evolved before their origin, at high rates, and support the notion that numerous lineages of paravians were experimenting with different modes of flight through the Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous.

Creator(s) Mark Puttick
Funder Natural Environment Research Council
Publisher Figshare
DOI 10.6084/m9.figshare.820135
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