Morphological evolution, ecological diversification and climate change in rodents.

@article{Renaud2005MorphologicalEE,
  title={Morphological evolution, ecological diversification and climate change in rodents.},
  author={Sabrina Renaud and Jacques J. Michaux and Daniela N Schmidt and J Aguilar and Pierre Mein and J. C. Auffray},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2005},
  volume={272 1563},
  pages={609-17}
}
Among rodents, the lineage from Progonomys hispanicus to Stephanomys documents a case of increasing size and dental specialization during an approximately 9 Myr time-interval. On the contrary, some contemporaneous generalist lineages like Apodemus show a limited morphological evolution. Dental shape can be related to diet and can be used to assess the ecological changes along the lineages. Consequently, size and shape of the first upper molar were measured in order to quantify the patterns of… CONTINUE READING

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