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Mammalian and Human Development

Marcelo Sánchez

in Embryos in Deep Time

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780520271937
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520952300 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520271937.003.0009
Mammalian and Human Development

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Mammalian life history and physiology are correlated with several anatomical features, some of which are recorded as fossils. They show us that diagnostic mammalian features did not originate simultaneously, and that some evolved convergently in lineages which eventually became extinct. This chapter discusses developmental evolution at the root of the living mammalian diversity; the hominid fossil record; what is special about human development; Neanderthal babies and growth; and the timing of life history events.

Keywords: mammalian life history; evolution; diversity; fossil record; Neanderthal babies

Chapter.  4301 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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