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A new time tree reveals Earth history’s imprint on the evolution of modern birds

Overview of attention for article published in Science Advances, December 2015
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news
33 news outlets
blogs
8 blogs
twitter
541 tweeters
facebook
10 Facebook pages
wikipedia
10 Wikipedia pages
googleplus
20 Google+ users
reddit
3 Redditors

Citations

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341 Mendeley
Title
A new time tree reveals Earth history’s imprint on the evolution of modern birds
Published in
Science Advances, December 2015
DOI 10.1126/sciadv.1501005
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Authors

Santiago Claramunt, Joel Cracraft

Abstract

Determining the timing of diversification of modern birds has been difficult. We combined DNA sequences of clock-like genes for most avian families with 130 fossil birds to generate a new time tree for Neornithes and investigated their biogeographic and diversification dynamics. We found that the most recent common ancestor of modern birds inhabited South America around 95 million years ago, but it was not until the Cretaceous-Paleogene transition (66 million years ago) that Neornithes began to diversify rapidly around the world. Birds used two main dispersion routes: reaching the Old World through North America, and reaching Australia and Zealandia through Antarctica. Net diversification rates increased during periods of global cooling, suggesting that fragmentation of tropical biomes stimulated speciation. Thus, we found pervasive evidence that avian evolution has been influenced by plate tectonics and environmental change, two basic features of Earth's dynamics.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 6 2%
Canada 3 <1%
Brazil 3 <1%
Czechia 2 <1%
Germany 2 <1%
Norway 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Argentina 1 <1%
Other 3 <1%
Unknown 318 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 68 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 60 18%
Student > Master 50 15%
Student > Bachelor 46 13%
Professor 18 5%
Other 63 18%
Unknown 36 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 193 57%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 30 9%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 26 8%
Environmental Science 25 7%
Chemistry 4 1%
Other 21 6%
Unknown 42 12%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 590. 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 28 August 2020.
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#17,269
of 15,928,103 outputs
Outputs from Science Advances
#219
of 5,196 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#340
of 369,164 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Science Advances
#3
of 84 outputs
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