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Re: Body Size Evolution in Mesozoic Birds

Quoting GUY LEAHY <xrciseguy@q.com>:

J Evol Biol. 2008 Jan 9 [Epub ahead of print]
Body size evolution in Mesozoic birds.Hone DW, Dyke GJ, Haden M, Benton MJ.
Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie, Richard-Wagner-Straße, München, Germany.


Contrary to previous interpretations of early avian evolution, we demonstrate an overall increase in body size across Jurassic and Cretaceous flying birds: taxon body size increases from the earliest Jurassic through to the end of the Cretaceous, across a time span of 70 Myr.

Um, what "earliest Jurassic" flying birds are they talking about here? Or do they mean latest Jurassic (which would also fit better with the 70 Myr time frame)?

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