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News From the Field
Exhaustive Family Tree for Birds Shows Recent, Rapid Diversification

October 31, 2012

birds internal A Yale University-led scientific team has produced the most comprehensive family tree for birds to date, connecting all living bird species--nearly 10,000 in total--and revealing surprising new details about their evolutionary history and its geographic context. Full Story

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