Evolutionary steps of ecophysiological adaptation and diversification of ruminants: a comparative view of their digestive system

@article{Hofmann1989EvolutionarySO,
  title={Evolutionary steps of ecophysiological adaptation and diversification of ruminants: a comparative view of their digestive system},
  author={Reinhold R. Hofmann},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1989},
  volume={78},
  pages={443-457}
}
A review is made of the ruminant digestive system in its morphophysiological variations and adaptations relating to foraging behaviour, digestive physiology, to interactions between plants and ruminants and to geographic and climatic diversity of ruminants' ecological niches. Evidence is provided for evolutionary trends from an extreme selectivity mainly for plant cell contents and dependence upon a fractionated fore- and hindgut fermentation, to an unselective intake of bulk roughage subjected… CONTINUE READING
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