Adaptations to Aquatic, Arboreal, Fossorial and Cursorial Habits in Mammals. III. Fossorial Adaptations

  title={Adaptations to Aquatic, Arboreal, Fossorial and Cursorial Habits in Mammals. III. Fossorial Adaptations},
  author={Hervey Woodburn Shimer},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  pages={819 - 825}
THE purpose of the following article is to summarize a few of -the principal modifications in external shape and in the skeleton independently acquired by mammals in different orders which have become wholly or partially adapted to a life beneath the surface of the ground. The highest specialization in this clirection is found, as we should expect, in those forms which secure not only safety but also their food within the earth (c. g. the moles). Such forms are completely fossorial. On the… Expand
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