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The Sthenurine Radiation

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/9780520098459.003.0008
The Sthenurine Radiation

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This chapter examines sthenurine radiation in Australia during the late Cenozoic period. It reviews the climatic and vegetational regimes prevailing immediately prior to and during sthenurine evolution, and considers the distribution of sthenurines through time and space in light of phylogenetic relations, functional morphology, and paleoenvironmental data. The chapter suggests that the magnitude of individual population or species extinctions might have been facilitated to some degree by climatic factors other than aridity.

Keywords: sthenurine radiation; Australia; late Cenozoic period; sthenurine evolution; phylogenetic relations; functional morphology; paleoenvironmental data; climatic factors; species extinction

Chapter.  11198 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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