A new eutriconodont mammal and evolutionary development in early mammals

@article{Luo2007ANE,
  title={A new eutriconodont mammal and evolutionary development in early mammals},
  author={Z. Luo and P. Chen and Gang Li and M. Chen},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2007},
  volume={446},
  pages={288-293}
}
  • Z. Luo, P. Chen, +1 author M. Chen
  • Published 2007
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Detachment of the three tiny middle ear bones from the reptilian mandible is an important innovation of modern mammals. Here we describe a Mesozoic eutriconodont nested within crown mammals that clearly illustrates this transition: the middle ear bones are connected to the mandible via an ossified Meckel’s cartilage. The connected ear and jaw structure is similar to the embryonic pattern in modern monotremes (egg-laying mammals) and placental mammals, but is a paedomorphic feature retained in… CONTINUE READING
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