The Early Bird project has been covered in the popular press and by bloggers interested in evolutionary biology. Much of the press coverage has focused on the large-scale Hackett et al. (2008) phylogeny and the detailed analyses of ratites by Harshman et al. (2008).
Early Bird has also attracted some attention from creationists and intelligent design advocates. Some creationists have alleged that the fact that many avian phylogeny is a difficult problem provides evidence that birds (and presumably other groups of organisms) do not share a common ancestor. None of the participants in the Early Bird project endorse this position. In fact, all of our data are consistent with the fact that the almost 10,000 extant avian species share a common ancestor. The great evolutionary biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky wrote a 1973 essay entitled "Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution". That statement is also true about avian biology.
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