Special Issue "Origins of Modern Avian Biodiversity"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Diversity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Daniel J. Field

Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Interests: phylogeny; Aves; biodiversity; vertebrate palaeontology; divergence times; Earth history; diversification; morphology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce a forthcoming special issue of Diversity entitled “Origins of Modern Avian Biodiversity”.

Living birds are represented by nearly 11,000 living species, and the origins of this sensational biodiversity have come into much sharper focus over the past ten years. Advances in sequencing technologies, computational resources, analytical methodologies, theoretical advances, and new fossil discoveries have all helped illuminate how, where, and why living birds—the most diverse clade of extant tetrapods—have come to be.

However, despite these advances, major questions remain to be answered. These include key questions related to the phylogenetic interrelationships of extant birds (both at the species level and higher taxonomic levels), correspondence between genomic differentiation and phenotypes, the antiquity of major clades, drivers of avian diversification, origins of biogeographic patterns, evolutionary rate heterogeneity, and the evolutionary origins of key morphological, physiological, and behavioural features.

I invite you to submit a manuscript focused on these or related topics. The anticipated submission deadline for the Special Issue is 30 September 2019.

Please let me know you are interested in this opportunity or have any questions; I look forward to hearing back from you.

Dr. Daniel J. Field
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • avian phylogeny
  • diversification
  • Earth-life interactions
  • divergence time estimation
  • speciation
  • biogeography

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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