Published: 12 Dec 2014 | Last Updated: 12 Dec 2014 10:40:16

Knowing and understanding the evolutionary history of birds after the mass extinction of dinosaurs more than 66 million years ago is now a step closer thanks to a unique and ambitions international research project.

The evolutionary relationship of modern birds is one of the most challenging questions in science and is something that has been debated for centuries. Dr Denis Larkin and Dr Marta Farré from the Royal Veterinary College have been investigating the chromosome and genome evolution of birds as part of the Avian Genome Consortium.

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