Old World Ruminant Morphophysiology, Life History, and Fossil Record: Exploring Key Innovations of a Diversification Sequence

@inproceedings{Clauss2014OldWR,
  title={Old World Ruminant Morphophysiology, Life History, and Fossil Record: Exploring Key Innovations of a Diversification Sequence},
  author={Marcus Clauss and Gertrud E. R{\"o}ssner},
  year={2014}
}
The omasum of pecoran ruminants (which is absent in tragulids) and shorter gestation periods in non-giraffid crown pecorans (as opposed to giraffids) could represent cases of key innovations that caused disparity in species diversity in extant ruminants. Literature suggests that the different ruminant groups inhabited similar niche spectra at different times, supporting the ‘increased fitness’ interpretation where a key innovation does not mainly open new niches, but allows more efficient use… 
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