Mammal Phylogeny: Placentals (Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1993)

Mammal Phylogeny: Placentals (Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1993)

By: Frederick S. Szalay (editor), Michael J. Novacek (editor), Malcolm C. McKenna (editor)Paperback

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The roots of this book and its sister volume, Mammal Phylogeny: Mesozoic Dif- ferentiation, Multituberculates, Monotremes, Early Therians, and Marsupials, go back to discussions and plans, shelved for a while, between F. S. Szalay and W. P. Luckett during the international and multidisciplinary symposium on rodent evol- ution sponsored by NATO, July 2-6, 1984, in Paris. That conference, organized by W. P. Luckett and J. -L. Hartenberger, the proceedings of which were pub- lished in 1985, proved an inspiring experience to all of the participants, as this was repeatedly expressed both during and after the meetings. In addition to issues re- lating to rodents, general theoretical topics pertaining to the evolutionary biology and systematics of other groups of mammals regularly surfaced during the pre- sentations and discussions. M. J. Novacek, who was also a participant in the ro- dent symposium, shared with Luckett and Szalay the enthusiasm acquired there, and he also expressed strong interest for a meeting on mammal evolution with a general focus similar to that of the rodent gathering. In 1988, Szalay and Luckett, after having planned in detail a program, direc- tion, and core list of participants, were awarded a $30,000 grant by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation through the Research Foundation of the City University of New York. The grant was contingent upon obtaining additional funds sufficient to assure that the symposium would be held. Raising the remaining funds proved to be a problem.

Contents

1 Introduction.- 2 Eye Lens Crystallins and the Phylogeny of Placental Orders: Evidence for a Macroscelid-Paenungulate Clade?.- 3 Definition and Relationships of Lipotyphla.- 4 A Phylogenetic Analysis and Definition of the Carnivora.- 5 Phylogenetic Relationships Within the Aeluroid Carnivora and Implications of Their Temporal and Geographic Distribution.- 6 The Use of Highly Repetitive DNA for Resolving Cetacean and Pinniped Phylogenies.- 7 Relationships of Xenarthra, Pholidota, and Fossil "Edentates": The Morphological Evidence.- 8 Mammalian Systematics: Twenty-Five Years Among Their Albumins and Transferrins.- 9 Archontan Affinities as Reflected in the Visual System.- 10 Phylogenetic Systematics of the Primatomorpha, with Special Reference to Dermoptera.- 11 New Cranial and Postcranial Evidence for the Affinities of the Eurymylids (Rodentia) and Mimotonids (Lagomorpha).- 12 DNA Hybridization and Rodent Phylogeny.- 13 Ungulate Phylogeny: Molecular vs. Morphological Evidence.- 14 Pantodonts, Tillodonts, Uintatheres, and Pyrotheres Are Not Ungulates.- 15 The Phylogeny of the Native South American Ungulates.- 16 The Interrelation Between Proboscidea, Sirenia, Hyracoidea, and Mesaxonia: The Morphological Evidence.- 17 Hyracoidea-Tethytheria Affinity Based on Myological Data.- 18 Limitations of Molecular Methods for Establishing the Phylogeny of Mammals, with Special Reference to the Position of Elephants.- 19 Mitochondrial DNA Phylogenies Within Artiodactyla.- 20 Relationships of the Ruminantia (Artiodactyla) and an Analysis of the Characters Used in Ruminant Taxonomy.- 21 Phylogenetic Interpretation of Enamel Structures in Mammalian Teeth: Possibilities and Problems.- Topic Index.- Taxon Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9781461392484
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 321
  • ID: 9781461392484
  • ISBN10: 1461392489
  • edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1993

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