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Research Article

Was Dinosaurian Physiology Inherited by Birds? Reconciling Slow Growth in Archaeopteryx

  • Gregory M. Erickson mail,

    gerickson@bio.fsu.edu

    Affiliations: Department of Biological Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, United States of America, Division of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York, United States of America

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  • Oliver W. M. Rauhut,

    Affiliation: Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie and Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, LMU Munich, München, Germany

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  • Zhonghe Zhou,

    Affiliation: Key Laboratory of Evolutionary Systematics of Vertebrates, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology & Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China

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  • Alan H. Turner,

    Affiliations: Department of Anatomical Sciences, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, United States of America, Division of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York, United States of America

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  • Brian D. Inouye,

    Affiliation: Department of Biological Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, United States of America

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  • Dongyu Hu,

    Affiliation: Paleontological Institute, Shenyang Normal University, Shenyang, China

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  • Mark A. Norell

    Affiliation: Division of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York, United States of America

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  • Published: October 09, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0007390
  • Published in PLOS ONE

About the Authors

Gregory M. Erickson, Brian D. Inouye
Department of Biological Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, United States of America
Oliver W. M. Rauhut
Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie and Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, LMU Munich, München, Germany
Zhonghe Zhou
Key Laboratory of Evolutionary Systematics of Vertebrates, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology & Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China
Alan H. Turner
Department of Anatomical Sciences, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, United States of America
Dongyu Hu
Paleontological Institute, Shenyang Normal University, Shenyang, China
Gregory M. Erickson, Alan H. Turner, Mark A. Norell
Division of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: gerickson@bio.fsu.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: GME OR MN. Performed the experiments: GME OR MN. Analyzed the data: GME OR AT BDI DH. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: GME OR ZZ DH. Wrote the paper: GME OR ZZ AT BDI MN. Conducted the histological analyses: GME OR.