The evolution of encephalization in caniform carnivorans.

  title={The evolution of encephalization in caniform carnivorans.},
  author={John A. Finarelli and John J. Flynn},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  volume={61 7},
A weighted-average model, which reliably estimates endocranial volume from three external measurements of the neurocranium of extant taxa in the mammalian order Carnivora, was tested for its applicability to fossil taxa by comparing model-estimated endocranial volumes to known endocast volumes. The model accurately reproduces endocast volumes for a wide array of fossil taxa across the crown radiation of the Carnivora, three stem carnivoramorphan taxa, and Pleistocene fossils of two extant… CONTINUE READING