Response to Comment on "Whole-genome analyses resolve early branches in the tree of life of modern birds". – University of Copenhagen

Forward this page to a friend Resize Print Bookmark and Share

CMEC > Highlighted CMEC papers > Response to Comment on...

25 September 2015

Response to Comment on "Whole-genome analyses resolve early branches in the tree of life of modern birds".

Published in Science by Jon Fjeldså, Carsten Rahbek and co-authors.

Mitchell et al. argue that divergence-time estimates for our avian phylogeny were too young because of an "inappropriate" maximum age constraint for the most recent common ancestor of modern birds and that, as a result, most modern bird orders diverged before the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction event 66 million years ago instead of after. However, their interpretations of the fossil record and timetrees are incorrect.

Link to article

Link to responsed article: Whole-genome analyses resolve early branches in the tree of life of modern birds