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Re: Shaking up the bird family tree
> No, I'm afraid the "flighted from flightless"
> line is in the original
> paper. Sigh.
No disrespect to Steadman, but he's Late Quaternary paleontology really. Word
to the wise: never publish such a study without having 2 of the following go
over it first:
BTW Fain & Houde 2004:
Convenient from a paleontological PoV.
BTW2 the "correct" branch lengths are here:
Like I said. If you map the fossils on the branches, it's like you can actually
see the footprint from the K-Pg impact. Also note the beautiful case of long
branch attraction the buttonquails make.
BTW3: Cracraft et al (2004):
Always a good thing to have at hand.
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