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The Placental Mammal Ancestor and the Post–K-Pg Radiation of Placentals
Let There Be Mammals The timing of the evolution and radiation of placental mammals and their most recent common ancestor has long been debated, with many questions surrounding the relationships ofExpand
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Transient Floral Change and Rapid Global Warming at the Paleocene-Eocene Boundary
Rapid global warming of 5° to 10°C during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) coincided with major turnover in vertebrate faunas, but previous studies have found little floral change. PlantExpand
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New Paleocene skeletons and the relationship of plesiadapiforms to crown-clade primates
Plesiadapiforms are central to studies of the origin and evolution of primates and other euarchontan mammals (tree shrews and flying lemurs). We report results from a comprehensive cladistic analysisExpand
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Grasping Primate Origins
The evolutionary history that led to Eocene-and-later primates of modern aspect (Euprimates) has been uncertain. We describe a skeleton of Paleocene plesiadapiformCarpolestes simpsoni that includesExpand
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Affinities of ‘hyopsodontids’ to elephant shrews and a Holarctic origin of Afrotheria
Macroscelideans (elephant shrews or sengis) are small-bodied (25–540 g), cursorial (running) and saltatorial (jumping), insectivorous and omnivorous placental mammals represented by at least 15Expand
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Giant boid snake from the Palaeocene neotropics reveals hotter past equatorial temperatures
The largest extant snakes live in the tropics of South America and southeast Asia where high temperatures facilitate the evolution of large body sizes among air-breathing animals whose bodyExpand
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Semicircular canal system in early primates.
Mammals with more rapid and agile locomotion have larger semicircular canals relative to body mass than species that move more slowly. Measurements of semicircular canals in extant mammals with knownExpand
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Systematics and Biogeography of Crocodylians from the Miocene of Panama
ABSTRACT Despite the fact that fossil crocodylians have been recovered from the Panama Canal Zone starting with initial excavations in 1912, detailed studies have been lacking. Recent excavationsExpand
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Intrinsic hand proportions of euarchontans and other mammals: implications for the locomotor behavior of plesiadapiforms.
Arboreal primates have distinctive intrinsic hand proportions compared with many other mammals. Within Euarchonta, platyrrhines and strepsirrhines have longer manual proximal phalanges relative toExpand
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Evolution of pedal grasping in Primates.
a Department of Anthropology, Yale University; Division of Vertebrate Zoology, Peabody Museum of Natural History, USA b Department of Anatomical Science, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NYExpand
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