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The monophyletic origin of sea lions and fur seals (Carnivora; Otariidae) in the Southern Hemisphere.
The pinniped family Otariidae (sea lions and fur seals) is composed of 7 extant genera with 14 species. They are mainly distributed in the Southern Hemisphere, but the fossil record is only knownExpand
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Molecular phylogenetic study on the origin and evolution of Mustelidae.
The family Mustelidae, which consists of Mustelinae, Lutrinae, Melinae, and Taxidiinae, is the largest family among Carnivora and is a highly diverse group. Recent molecular phylogenetic studies haveExpand
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Phylogenomics and Morphology of Extinct Paleognaths Reveal the Origin and Evolution of the Ratites
The Palaeognathae comprise the flightless ratites and the volant tinamous, and together with the Neognathae constitute the extant members of class Aves. It is commonly believed that PalaeognathaeExpand
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Predictive equations for the estimation of body size in seals and sea lions (Carnivora: Pinnipedia)
Body size plays an important role in pinniped ecology and life history. However, body size data is often absent for historical, archaeological, and fossil specimens. To estimate the body size ofExpand
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A new Miocene baleen whale from the Peruvian desert
The Pisco-Ica and Sacaco basins of southern Peru are renowned for their abundance of exceptionally preserved fossil cetaceans, several of which retain traces of soft tissue and occasionally evenExpand
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A NEW MIOCENE ODOBENID (MAMMALIA: CARNIVORA) FROM HOKKAIDO, JAPAN, AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR ODOBENID PHYLOGENY
Abstract Fossil crania from the late middle or early late Miocene (ca. 12–10 Ma) Ichibangawa Formation, Hokkaido, northern Japan, are described as a new genus and species of the archaic odobenid,Expand
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Miocene fossil pinnipeds of the genera Prototaria and Neotherium (Carnivora; Otariidae; Imagotariinae) in the North Pacific Ocean: Evolution, relationships and distribution
Abstract Fossil otariid pinnipeds of the extinct genera Prototaria Takeyama and Ozawa, 1984, and Neotherium Kellogg, 1931, known from Middle Miocene deposits bordering the North Pacific Ocean, areExpand
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Cope's rule and the evolution of body size in Pinnipedimorpha (Mammalia: Carnivora)
Cope's rule describes the evolutionary trend for animal lineages to increase in body size over time. In this study, we tested the validity of Cope's rule for a marine mammal clade, theExpand
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Evaluating the Phylogenetic Status of the Extinct Japanese Otter on the Basis of Mitochondrial Genome Analysis
The Japanese otter lived throughout four main Japanese islands, but it has not been observed in the wild since 1979 and was declared extinct in 2012. Although recent taxonomic and molecularExpand
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