Special Issue "Evolution and Palaeobiology of Flightless Birds"
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Interests: vertebrate palaeontology
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Although flight is often considered as one of the most salient characteristics of birds, in the course of their evolution, various avian lineages have lost the ability to fly. This has happened at different periods of the geological past, and under very varied circumstances. In some cases, loss of flight is associated with strictly terrestrial habits in usually large forms, as in living and fossil “ratites” and in various extinct groups of giant ground birds (gastornithids, dromornithids, phorusrhacids, etc.). The case of birds deeply adapted to foraging in an aquatic environment, such as penguins, is a completely different instance of flightlessness. Loss of flight has often taken place in insular environments, where the lack of predators is supposed to have played a crucial part—the dodo is a case in point. The aim of this Special Issue is to explore the various aspects of this multi-faceted evolutionary process. Reviews and articles about the anatomy, evolution, palaeoecology, palaeobiology, and fossil record of flightless birds are invited.
Dr. Eric Buffetaut
Dr. Delphine Angst
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