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Research Article

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

About the Authors

Neil Brocklehurst, Philip D. Mannion
Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions und Biodiversitätsforschung, Berlin, Germany
Paul Upchurch
Department of Earth Sciences, UCL, London, United Kingdom
Philip D. Mannion
Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
Jingmai O'Connor
Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Beijing, China
Jingmai O'Connor
Dinosaur Institute, Natural History Museum of LA County, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: neil.brocklehurst@mfn-berlin.de

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Analyzed the data: NB. Wrote the paper: NB PU PDM. Scrutinised the dataset and removed taxa which were Nomina Dubia and Nomina Nuda, and suggested further taxa for inclusion: JOC.