Evolution of the rodents : advances in phylogeny, functional morphology, and development

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Carnegie Museum of Natural History Mammals QL737.R6 E9634 2015
Location  Carnegie Museum of Natural History
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Call Number  QL737.R6 E9634 2015
The widespread use of mouse models in developmental, behavioural and genetic studies has sparked wider interest in rodent biology as a whole. This book brings together the latest research on rodents to better understand the evolution of both living and extinct members of this fascinating group. Topics analysed include the role of molecular techniques in the determination of robust phylogenetic frameworks; how geometric morphometric methods help quantify and analyse variation in shape; and the role of developmental biology in elucidating the origins of skeletal elements and the teeth. The editors unite these disciplines to present the current state of knowledge in rodent biology, whilst setting the landscape for future research. This book highlights interdisciplinary links across palaeontology, developmental biology, functional morphology, phylogenetics and biomechanics, making it a valuable resource for evolutionary biologists in all fields.
List of contributors
Foreword / Jean-Louis Hartenberger and W. Patrick Luckett
Rodentia : a model order? / Lionel Hautier and Philip G. Cox
A synopsis of rodent molecular phylogenetics, systematics and biogeography / Pierre-Henri Fabre, Lionel Hautier and Emmanuel J.P. Douzery
Emerging perspectives on some Paleogene sciurognath rodents in Laurasia : the fossil record and its interpretation / Mary R. Dawson
Phylogeny and evolutionary history of hystricognathous rodents from the Old World during the Tertiary : new insights into the emergence of modern "phiomorph" families / Franck Barbière and Laurent Marivaux
The history of South American octodontoid rodents and its contribution to evolutionary generalisations / Diego H. Verzi, Cecilia C. Morgan and A. Itatí Olivares
History, taxonomy and palaeobiology of giant fossil rodents (Hystricognathi, Dinomyidae) / Andrés Rinderknecht and R. Ernesto Blanco
Advances in integrative taxonomy and evolution of African murid rodents : how morphological trees hide the molecular forest / Christiane Denys and Alisa Winkler
Themes and variation in sciurid evolution / V. Louise Roth and John M. Mercer
Marmot evolution and global change in the past 10 million years / P. David Polly, Andrea Cardini, Edward B. Davis and Scott J. Steppan
Grades and clades among rodents : the promise of geometric morphometrics / Lionel Hautier, Philip G. Cox and Renaud Lebrun
Biogeographic variations in wood mice : testing for the role of morphological variation as a line of least resistance to evolution / Sabrina Renaud, Jean-Pierre Quéré and Johan R. Michaux
The oral apparatus of rodents : variations on the theme of a gnawing machine / Robert E. Druzinsky
The muscles of mastication in rodents and the function of the medial pterygoid / Philip G. Cox and Nathan Jeffery
Functional morphology of rodent middle ears / Matthew J. Mason
Variations and anomalies in rodent teeth and their importance for testing computational models of development / Cyril Charles and Laurent Viriot
The great variety of dental structures and dynamics in rodents : new insights into their ecological diversity / Helder Gomes Rodrigues
Convergent evolution of molar topography in Muroidea (Rodentia, Mammalia) : connections between chewing movements and crown morphology / Vincent Lazzari, Franck Guy, Pierre-Emmanuel Salais, Adélaïde Euriat, Cyril Charles, Laurent Viriot, Paul Tafforeau and Jacques Michaux
Developmental mechanisms in the evolution of phenotypic traits in rodent teeth / Elodie Renvoisé and Sophie Montuire
Diversity and evolution of femoral variation in Ctenohystrica / Laura A.B. Wilson and Madeleine Geiger
Morphological disparity of the postcranial skeleton in rodents and its implications for palaeobiological inferences : the case of the extinct Theriodomyidae (Rodentia, Mammalia) / Monique Vianey-Liaud, Lionel Hautier and Laurent Marivaux.

Additional Information
Series Cambridge studies in morphology and molecules.
Subjects Rodents -- Evolution.
Publisher Cambridge, United Kingdom :Cambridge University Press,2015
Contributors Cox, Philip G., editor.
Hautier, Lionel, editor.
Language English
Description xiv, 611 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 26 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9781107044333
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