Tropical Forest Structure and the Distribution of Gliding and Prehensile-Tailed Vertebrates

  title={Tropical Forest Structure and the Distribution of Gliding and Prehensile-Tailed Vertebrates},
  author={Louise. Emmons and Alwyn H. Gentry},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  pages={513 - 524}
Prehensile tails and gliding have arisen only in certain taxonomic groups which could occur only on certain continents as a result of biogeographic history, e.g., no marsupials in Africa or flying squirrels in the Neotropics. However, the simultaneous occurrence of these adaptations in a number of unrelated vertebrate families in some regions but not in others, even when the same families are present, and the parallel appearance of the same characters in ecological equivalents belonging to… 
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