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Functional Morphology

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/9780520098459.003.0007
Functional Morphology

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This chapter aims to document functional trends evident in the evolution of the sthenurine craniodental system and to speculate on their significance in terms of dietary ecology. It reviews major evolutionary trends in bulungamayines, the ancestral group from which sthenurines were derived. The chapter also discusses the evolution of the Sthenurine bauplan and describes the specializations of the craniodental system of the sthenurines.

Keywords: sthenurine; craniodental system; dietary ecology; bulungamayines; bauplan

Chapter.  10552 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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