EGG SHAPE IN THE TAXONOMY AND PHYLOGENY OF BIRDS OF PREY

I. S. Mytiai, V. I. Strigunov, A. V. Matsyura

Abstract


The article investigates the possibility of use of morphological characteristics of eggs as criteria for the solution of questions of systematics and phylogeny of birds of prey. The comparison of systematical dendrograms developed by different authors on the basis of morphology, comparative anatomy and DNA analysis with polynom indexes and factors calculated for 1322 eggs of birds of prey give the grounds to believe that morphological parameters of eggs can serve as an additional criteria in systematics and phylogeny of birds.

 


Keywords


egg shape, systematics; birds of prey; Falconidae; Accipitridae; Pandionidae; Cathartidae.

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