New evidence for mammaliaform ear evolution and feeding adaptation in a Jurassic ecosystem

  title={New evidence for mammaliaform ear evolution and feeding adaptation in a Jurassic ecosystem},
  author={Zhe‐Xi Luo and Qingjin Meng and David M. Grossnickle and Di Liu and April I. Neander and Yuguang Zhang and Qiang Ji},
Stem mammaliaforms are forerunners to modern mammals, and they achieved considerable ecomorphological diversity in their own right. Recent discoveries suggest that eleutherodontids, a subclade of Haramiyida, were more species-rich during the Jurassic period in Asia than previously recognized. Here we report a new Jurassic eleutherodontid mammaliaform with an unusual mosaic of highly specialized characteristics, and the results of phylogenetic analyses that support the hypothesis that… 

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