Computer simulation of feeding behaviour in the thylacine and dingo as a novel test for convergence and niche overlap.

@article{Wroe2007ComputerSO,
  title={Computer simulation of feeding behaviour in the thylacine and dingo as a novel test for convergence and niche overlap.},
  author={Stephen Wroe and Philip D. Clausen and Colin Mchenry and Karen Moreno and Eleanor Cunningham},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2007},
  volume={274 1627},
  pages={2819-28}
}
The extinct marsupial thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus) and placental grey wolf (Canis lupus) are commonly presented as an iconic example of convergence. However, various analyses suggest distinctly different behaviours and specialization towards either relatively small or large prey in the thylacine, bringing the degree of apparent convergence into question. Here we apply a powerful engineering tool, three-dimensional finite element analysis incorporating multiple material properties for… CONTINUE READING