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Introduction

Gavin J. Prideaux

in Systematics and Evolution of the Sthenurine Kangaroos

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780520098459
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916050 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520098459.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about taxonomic surveys of the Sthenurinae. It provides revised diagnoses, detailed descriptions, and interspecific comparisons for all sthenurinae taxa that are incompletely described in the existing literature. The chapter re-examines the purported sthenurine credentials of Troposodon and Lagostrophus, and considers the evidence available for the phylogenetic origin of the Sthenurinae. It also explores the major trends in sthenurine evolution from functional, morphological, biochronologic, zoogeographic, and paleoecological perspectives.

Keywords: Sthenurinae; taxonomic surveys; Troposodon; Lagostrophus; phylogenetic origin; sthenurine taxa

Chapter.  2430 words. 

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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