Stem Lagomorpha and the Antiquity of Glires

@article{Asher2005StemLA,
  title={Stem Lagomorpha and the Antiquity of Glires},
  author={R. Asher and J. Meng and J. Wible and M. Mckenna and G. W. Rougier and Demberlyn Dashzeveg and M. Novacek},
  journal={Science},
  year={2005},
  volume={307},
  pages={1091 - 1094}
}
  • R. Asher, J. Meng, +4 authors M. Novacek
  • Published 2005
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Science
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