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Re: Confuciusornis gender identification - PDF Request
Our university doesn't get Nature Communications. Could someone pass along a
copy of the paper.
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> From: Ben Creisler <email@example.com>
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> Sent: Tuesday, 22 January 2013 12:58 PM
> Subject: Confuciusornis gender identification
> From: Ben Creisler
> Also in Nature Communications:
> Anusuya Chinsamy, Luis M. Chiappe, Jesús Marugán-Lobón, Gao Chunling &
> Zhang Fengjiao (2013)
> Gender identification of the Mesozoic bird Confuciusornis sanctus.
> Nature Communications 4, Article number: 1381
> Hundreds of specimens of the beaked bird Confuciusornis sanctus have
> been recovered from Early Cretaceous lake deposits of northeastern
> China. These birds show remarkable variation in size and plumage, with
> some displaying two long, central ornamental rectrices (tail feathers)
> and others lacking them altogether. Although, traditionally specimens
> with ornamental rectrices were interpreted as males and those without
> them as females, this supposed sexual dimorphism has remained
> unconfirmed. Here we report on the discovery of medullary bone, a
> tissue unique to reproductively active female birds, in a specimen of
> C. sanctus (DNHM-D1874) lacking these feathers. Our discovery
> constitutes the first case of gender identification in a Mesozoic
> bird, and it provides undisputed evidence that individuals of C.
> sanctus without ornamental rectrices are females. By permitting gender
> identification in C. sanctus, our results provide insight into the
> onset of sexual maturity and attainment of adult body size of this and
> other early birds.
> See this as well: