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Research Article

Pedal Claw Curvature in Birds, Lizards and Mesozoic Dinosaurs – Complicated Categories and Compensating for Mass-Specific and Phylogenetic Control

  • Aleksandra V. Birn-Jeffery,

    Affiliations: Structure and Motion Lab, Royal Veterinary College, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building, Bristol, United Kingdom

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  • Charlotte E. Miller,

    Affiliation: Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Darren Naish,

    Affiliation: Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom

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  • Emily J. Rayfield,

    Affiliation: School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building, Bristol, United Kingdom

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  • David W. E. Hone mail

    dwe_hone@yahoo.com

    Affiliations: School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, London, United Kingdom, School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

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  • Published: December 05, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0050555
  • Featured in PLOS Collections

About the Authors

Aleksandra V. Birn-Jeffery
Structure and Motion Lab, Royal Veterinary College, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Aleksandra V. Birn-Jeffery, Emily J. Rayfield
School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building, Bristol, United Kingdom
Charlotte E. Miller
Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America
Darren Naish
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom
David W. E. Hone
School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, London, United Kingdom
David W. E. Hone
School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

Corresponding Author

Email: dwe_hone@yahoo.com

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: DWEH EJR CEM ABJ. Performed the experiments: CEM ABJ. Analyzed the data: CEM ABJ. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: EJR DWEH. Wrote the paper: ABJ CEM DN EJR DWEH.