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The macroevolutionary consequences of phenotypic integration: from development to deep time
It is demonstrated that phenotypic integration can produce both more and less disparate organisms than would be expected under random walk models by repartitioning variance in preferred directions, and that this effect can also be expected to favour homoplasy and convergent evolution. Expand
Using the fossil record to estimate the age of the last common ancestor of extant primates
A new statistical method is presented, based on an estimate of species preservation derived from a model of the diversification pattern, that suggests a Cretaceous last common ancestor of primates, approximately 81.5 Myr ago, close to the initial divergence time inferred from molecular data. Expand
A new method for the quantitative analysis of cutmark micromorphology
Abstract Cutmarks found on the fossilised bones of butchered animals provide direct evidence for the procurement of meat through technological means. As such, they hold some of the oldest availableExpand
Dating primate divergences through an integrated analysis of palaeontological and molecular data.
An integrated analysis of palaeontological and molecular data to give estimates of primate divergence times that utilize both sources of information and find that these age estimates are older than previously reported dates for all but one of these nodes. Expand
Adaptive origins of primates revisited.
It is shown that neither the fossil record nor modern species provide evidence that the last common ancestor of living primates was small, and comparative weight distributions of arboreal mammals and a phylogenetic reconstruction of ancestral primate body mass indicate that the reduction of functional claws to nails resulted from an increase in body mass to around 1000 g or more in the primate stem lineage. Expand
Comparative analyses of evolutionary rates reveal different pathways to encephalization in bats, carnivorans, and primates
An analytical framework is introduced that describes and quantifies all possible evolutionary scenarios between two traits and finds that variation in brain–body relationships was driven primarily by variability in body mass. Expand
Brain reorganization, not relative brain size, primarily characterizes anthropoid brain evolution
  • J. Smaers, C. Soligo
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological…
  • 22 May 2013
Patterns of mosaic change in brain evolution are identified that mirror brain systems previously identified by electrophysiological and anatomical tract-tracing studies in non-human primates and functional connectivity MRI studies in humans and demonstrate deep evolutionary roots for mosaic patterns associated with motor control and learning. Expand
Anatomy of the Hand and Arm in Daubentonia madagascariensis :A Functional and Phylogenetic Outlook
  • C. Soligo
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Folia Primatologica
  • 1 October 2005
The present study reports on dissections of the forelimbs of two individuals of D. madagascariensis and one specimen each of Lemur catta and Cercopithecus cephus, finding primary adaptations underlying speed and mobility in the third manual digit of Daubentonia are found in the intrinsic hand musculature and notably in the arrangement of the dorsal aponeurosis. Expand
Functional morphology of the cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) mandible: a 3D geometric morphometric analysis
The mandibular morphology of cave bears was analysed using 3D geometric morphometrics and compared to that of extant Ursidae, implying the development of morphological adaptations for eating foliage. Expand
Origins and estimates of uncertainty in predictions of twenty-first century temperature rise
24. Plattner, G.-K., Joos, F., Stocker, T. F. & Marchal, O. Feedback mechanisms and sensitivities of ocean carbon uptake under global warming. Tellus B 53, 564–592 (2001). 25. Joos, F. et al. GlobalExpand