Functional implications of neural canal anatomy in recent and fossil marine carnivores.

@article{Giffin1992FunctionalIO,
  title={Functional implications of neural canal anatomy in recent and fossil marine carnivores.},
  author={E B Giffin},
  journal={Journal of morphology},
  year={1992},
  volume={214 3},
  pages={357-74}
}
A statistical and functional relationship between neural canal anatomy and locomotor mode is demonstrated in living marine mammals of the Order Carnivora. This relationship is interpreted to be the result of differential innervation and territory of musculature involved in generating the six locomotor patterns analyzed. This osteological reflection of a behavioral trait allows prediction of locomotor pattern in extinct genera of closely related taxa. The robust data allow such predictions even… CONTINUE READING

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