Evolutionary and Biological Implications of Dental Mesial Drift in Rodents: The Case of the Ctenodactylidae (Rodentia, Mammalia)

@article{GomesRodrigues2012EvolutionaryAB,
  title={Evolutionary and Biological Implications of Dental Mesial Drift in Rodents: The Case of the Ctenodactylidae (Rodentia, Mammalia)},
  author={Helder Gomes Rodrigues and Flor{\'e}al Sol{\'e} and Cyril Charles and Paul Tafforeau and Monique Vianey-liaud and Laurent Viriot},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  year={2012},
  volume={7}
}
Dental characters are importantly used for reconstructing the evolutionary history of mammals, because teeth represent the most abundant material available for the fossil species. However, the characteristics of dental renewal are presently poorly used, probably because dental formulae are frequently not properly established, whereas they could be of high interest for evolutionary and developmental issues. One of the oldest rodent families, the Ctenodactylidae, is intriguing in having… 
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