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A swimming mammaliaform from the Middle Jurassic and ecomorphological diversification of early mammals.
Science. 2006 Feb 24; 311(5764):1123-7.Sci

Abstract

A docodontan mammaliaform from the Middle Jurassic of China possesses swimming and burrowing skeletal adaptations and some dental features for aquatic feeding. It is the most primitive taxon in the mammalian lineage known to have fur and has a broad, flattened, partly scaly tail analogous to that of modern beavers. We infer that docodontans were semiaquatic, convergent to the modern platypus and many Cenozoic placentals. This fossil demonstrates that some mammaliaforms, or proximal relatives to modern mammals, developed diverse locomotory and feeding adaptations and were ecomorphologically different from the majority of generalized small terrestrial Mesozoic mammalian insectivores.

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Department of Earth Science, Nanjing University, Nanjing 200017, China.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16497926

Citation

Ji, Qiang, et al. "A Swimming Mammaliaform From the Middle Jurassic and Ecomorphological Diversification of Early Mammals." Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 311, no. 5764, 2006, pp. 1123-7.
Ji Q, Luo ZX, Yuan CX, et al. A swimming mammaliaform from the Middle Jurassic and ecomorphological diversification of early mammals. Science. 2006;311(5764):1123-7.
Ji, Q., Luo, Z. X., Yuan, C. X., & Tabrum, A. R. (2006). A swimming mammaliaform from the Middle Jurassic and ecomorphological diversification of early mammals. Science (New York, N.Y.), 311(5764), 1123-7.
Ji Q, et al. A Swimming Mammaliaform From the Middle Jurassic and Ecomorphological Diversification of Early Mammals. Science. 2006 Feb 24;311(5764):1123-7. PubMed PMID: 16497926.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A swimming mammaliaform from the Middle Jurassic and ecomorphological diversification of early mammals. AU - Ji,Qiang, AU - Luo,Zhe-Xi, AU - Yuan,Chong-Xi, AU - Tabrum,Alan R, PY - 2006/2/25/pubmed PY - 2006/3/17/medline PY - 2006/2/25/entrez SP - 1123 EP - 7 JF - Science (New York, N.Y.) JO - Science VL - 311 IS - 5764 N2 - A docodontan mammaliaform from the Middle Jurassic of China possesses swimming and burrowing skeletal adaptations and some dental features for aquatic feeding. It is the most primitive taxon in the mammalian lineage known to have fur and has a broad, flattened, partly scaly tail analogous to that of modern beavers. We infer that docodontans were semiaquatic, convergent to the modern platypus and many Cenozoic placentals. This fossil demonstrates that some mammaliaforms, or proximal relatives to modern mammals, developed diverse locomotory and feeding adaptations and were ecomorphologically different from the majority of generalized small terrestrial Mesozoic mammalian insectivores. SN - 1095-9203 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16497926/A_swimming_mammaliaform_from_the_Middle_Jurassic_and_ecomorphological_diversification_of_early_mammals_ L2 - http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=16497926 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -