Iterative adaptive radiations of fossil canids show no evidence for diversity-dependent trait evolution.

  title={Iterative adaptive radiations of fossil canids show no evidence for diversity-dependent trait evolution.},
  author={Graham J. Slater},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={112 16},
A long-standing hypothesis in adaptive radiation theory is that ecological opportunity constrains rates of phenotypic evolution, generating a burst of morphological disparity early in clade history. Empirical support for the early burst model is rare in comparative data, however. One possible reason for this lack of support is that most phylogenetic tests have focused on extant clades, neglecting information from fossil taxa. Here, I test for the expected signature of adaptive radiation using… CONTINUE READING
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