Resolving the evolution of the mammalian middle ear using Bayesian inference

@inproceedings{RamrezChaves2016ResolvingTE,
  title={Resolving the evolution of the mammalian middle ear using Bayesian inference},
  author={H{\'e}ctor E. Ram{\'i}rez-Chaves and Vera Weisbecker and Stephen Wroe and Matthew J Phillips},
  booktitle={Frontiers in Zoology},
  year={2016}
}
BackgroundThe minute, finely-tuned ear ossicles of mammals arose through a spectacular evolutionary transformation from their origins as a load-bearing jaw joint. This involved detachment from the postdentary trough of the mandible, and final separation from the dentary through resorption of Meckel’s cartilage. Recent parsimony analyses of modern and fossil mammals imply up to seven independent postdentary trough losses or even reversals, which is unexpected given the complexity of these… CONTINUE READING

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