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New paper on pneumaticity in Triassic archosaurs

posted 28 Mar 2012 23:35 by Richard Butler   [ updated 2 May 2012 02:42 ]
A quick post: I have a new paper out today in PLoS ONE along with Paul Barrett and David Gower reassessing the presence and distribution of skeletal pneumaticity among Triassic archosaurs, with implications for the origins of the bird respiratory system. This is a paper that I began as part of a NERC-funded project back when I was a postdoc at the NHM in London, so it has had a pretty long gestation and I am extremely relieved to finally see it published. We have some work planned on skeletal pneumaticity and the evolution of archosaur respiratory systems in the near future, but I won't go into details because first we need to get the funding...

- Richard

BUTLER, R. J., Barrett, P. M. & Gower, D. J. 2012. Reassessment of the evidence for postcranial skeletal pneumaticity in Triassic archosaurs, and the early evolution of the avian respiratory system. PLoS ONE 7: e34094 (23 pages).