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A North American stem turaco, and the complex biogeographic history of modern birds

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Evolutionary Biology, June 2018
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Title
A North American stem turaco, and the complex biogeographic history of modern birds
Published in
BMC Evolutionary Biology, June 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12862-018-1212-3
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Authors

Daniel J. Field, Allison Y. Hsiang

Abstract

Earth's lower latitudes boast the majority of extant avian species-level and higher-order diversity, with many deeply diverging clades restricted to vestiges of Gondwana. However, palaeontological analyses reveal that many avian crown clades with restricted extant distributions had stem group relatives in very different parts of the world. Our phylogenetic analyses support the enigmatic fossil bird Foro panarium Olson 1992 from the early Eocene (Wasatchian) of Wyoming as a stem turaco (Neornithes: Pan-Musophagidae), a clade that is presently endemic to sub-Saharan Africa. Our analyses offer the first well-supported evidence for a stem musophagid (and therefore a useful fossil calibration for avian molecular divergence analyses), and reveal surprising new information on the early morphology and biogeography of this clade. Total-clade Musophagidae is identified as a potential participant in dispersal via the recently proposed 'North American Gateway' during the Palaeogene, and new biogeographic analyses illustrate the importance of the fossil record in revealing the complex historical biogeography of crown birds across geological timescales. In the Palaeogene, total-clade Musophagidae was distributed well outside the range of crown Musophagidae in the present day. This observation is consistent with similar biogeographic observations for numerous other modern bird clades, illustrating shortcomings of historical biogeographic analyses that do not incorporate information from the avian fossil record.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 27 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 10 37%
Researcher 7 26%
Student > Bachelor 2 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 1 4%
Student > Master 1 4%
Other 1 4%
Unknown 5 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 16 59%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 3 11%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 4%
Unknown 7 26%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 138. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 21 October 2018.
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