Evolutionary allometry of the thoracolumbar centra in felids and bovids.

@article{Jones2015EvolutionaryAO,
  title={Evolutionary allometry of the thoracolumbar centra in felids and bovids.},
  author={Katrina E Jones},
  journal={Journal of morphology},
  year={2015},
  volume={276 7},
  pages={
          818-31
        }
}
Mammals have evolved a remarkable range of body sizes, yet their overall body plan remains unaltered. One challenge of evolutionary biology is to understand the mechanisms by which this size diversity is achieved, and how the mechanical challenges associated with changing body size are overcome. Despite the importance of the axial skeleton in body support and locomotion, and much interest in the allometry of the appendicular skeleton, little is known about vertebral allometry outside primates… CONTINUE READING
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