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The Completeness of the Fossil Record of Mesozoic Birds: Implications for Early Avian Evolution

  • Neil Brocklehurst mail,

    neil.brocklehurst@mfn-berlin.de

    Affiliation: Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions und Biodiversitätsforschung, Berlin, Germany

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  • Paul Upchurch,

    Affiliation: Department of Earth Sciences, UCL, London, United Kingdom

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  • Philip D. Mannion,

    Affiliations: Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions und Biodiversitätsforschung, Berlin, Germany, Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom

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  • Jingmai O'Connor

    Affiliations: Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Beijing, China, Dinosaur Institute, Natural History Museum of LA County, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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  • Published: June 25, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0039056
  • Published in PLOS ONE

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Publisher's Note: Mistake in the image

Posted by neilbrock on 10 Aug 2012 at 12:40 GMT

According to this scenario of avian evolution, the Neornithes did not appear until the latest Cretaceous, and then diversified rapidly in the Cenozoic, whereas all basal bird groups died out at or before the K/Pg boundary. Black lines represent lineages present in the fossil record, red lines represent ghost lineages inferred from phylogenetic analysis.
http://plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0039056#pone-0039056-g002

The lead author would like to indicate a mistake in this figure: The Galliforme linneage and Anseriforme linneage are incorrectly labelled; it is the Anseriformes which possess and observed (black) linneage extending into the Cretaceous. The labels 'Galliformes' and 'Anseriformes' should be swapped.

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