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Using avian bone histology to trace back the evolution of flight-related locomotor ontogeny in the dinosaur–bird transition

Project description

How bone tissue reflects precocial and altricial locomotor development

The evolutionary success of birds, the most diverse group of land vertebrates, largely lies in their ability to fly. Fossil finds throughout the ages have demonstrated that birds are paravian dinosaurs; the only representatives to survive the mass extinction marking the end of the Cretaceous Period. The EU-funded HISTOLOC project aims to explore for the first time how bone tissue reflects precocial and altricial locomotor development, including the ontogenetic onset of powered flight, by studying limb bone shafts of growth series of modern birds, and apply these findings to bird-like dinosaurs. Tests and surveys will be conducted to generate a step-change in understanding the ontogenetic factor in the evolution of flight in the dinosaur to bird transition.


Net EU contribution
€ 212 933,76
B15 2TT Birmingham
United Kingdom

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West Midlands (England) West Midlands Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00