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Transformation and diversification in early mammal evolution.
Nature. 2007 Dec 13; 450(7172):1011-9.Nat

Abstract

Evolution of the earliest mammals shows successive episodes of diversification. Lineage-splitting in Mesozoic mammals is coupled with many independent evolutionary experiments and ecological specializations. Classic scenarios of mammalian morphological evolution tend to posit an orderly acquisition of key evolutionary innovations leading to adaptive diversification, but newly discovered fossils show that evolution of such key characters as the middle ear and the tribosphenic teeth is far more labile among Mesozoic mammals. Successive diversifications of Mesozoic mammal groups multiplied the opportunities for many dead-end lineages to iteratively evolve developmental homoplasies and convergent ecological specializations, parallel to those in modern mammal groups.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213, USA. luoz@carnegiemnh.org

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18075580

Citation

Luo, Zhe-Xi. "Transformation and Diversification in Early Mammal Evolution." Nature, vol. 450, no. 7172, 2007, pp. 1011-9.
Luo ZX. Transformation and diversification in early mammal evolution. Nature. 2007;450(7172):1011-9.
Luo, Z. X. (2007). Transformation and diversification in early mammal evolution. Nature, 450(7172), 1011-9.
Luo ZX. Transformation and Diversification in Early Mammal Evolution. Nature. 2007 Dec 13;450(7172):1011-9. PubMed PMID: 18075580.
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