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


Journal Article

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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cracraft, J; Houde, P; Ho, SYW; Mindell, DP; Fjeldså, J; Lindow, B; Edwards, SV; Rahbek, C; Mirarab, S; Warnow, T; Gilbert, MTP; Zhang, G; Braun, EL; Jarvis, ED

Published Date

  • September 25, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 349 / 6255

Start / End Page

  • 1460 -

PubMed ID

  • 26404820

Pubmed Central ID

  • 26404820

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-9203

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1126/science.aab1578


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States