I recently coauthored a paper that conducted a combined molecular, morphological and fossil analysis of the nightbirds (Strisores) phylogeny. Strisores continues to be an elusive group to characterize, but in this study we find evidence that many of the unique adaptations of the subclades were acquired early in their evolutionary history. We also provide support for aerial foraging as the ancestral ecological state of Strisores. See my PUBS page for the paper, published in the journal Diversity.
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