On the role of phylogeny in determining activity patterns of rodents

@article{Roll2006OnTR,
  title={On the role of phylogeny in determining activity patterns of rodents},
  author={Uri Roll and Tamar Dayan and Noga Kronfeld-Schor},
  journal={Evolutionary Ecology},
  year={2006},
  volume={20},
  pages={479-490}
}
Evolutionary plasticity is limited, to a certain extent, by phylogenetic constraints. We asked whether the diel activity patterns of animals reflect their phylogenies by analyzing daily activity patterns in the order Rodentia. We carried out a literature survey of activity patterns of 700 species, placing each in an activity time category: diurnal, nocturnal, or active at both periods (a-rhythmic). The proportion of rodents active at these categories in the entire order, was compared to the… Expand

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