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Enlargment of the brain and consequent expansion of the frontal and reduction of the parietal along the bird branch. The taxa represented are the archosauriformes Proterosuchus, the early dinosaur Herrerasaurus, the paravian Zanabazar and the extant bird Gallus. Image by Matteo Fabbri.

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Fabbri, M., et al. The skull roof tracks the brain during the evolution and development of reptiles including birds. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 1, 1543-1550 (2017).

Patrick Goymer

Chief Editor, Nature Ecology & Evolution

Patrick joined Nature Publishing Group in 2005 as an Assistant Editor at Nature Reviews Genetics and Nature Reviews Cancer. In 2008 he moved to Nature, where he served as Senior Editor covering ecology and evolution, before becoming Chief Editor of Nature Ecology & Evolution in 2016. He has handled primary manuscripts and review articles across the entire breadth of ecology and evolution, as well as advising and writing for other sections of Nature. Patrick has a degree in genetics from the University of Cambridge, did his DPhil in experimental evolution at the University of Oxford, and did postdoctoral work on evolutionary and ecological genetics at University College London in association with Imperial College London at Silwood Park.