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Cranial anatomy in tenrecid insectivorans : character evolution across competing phylogenies. American Museum novitates ; no. 3352

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dc.contributor.author Asher, Robert J. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2005-10-06T16:42:24Z
dc.date.available 2005-10-06T16:42:24Z
dc.date.issued 2001 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/2905
dc.description 54 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 49-53). en_US
dc.description.abstract Soft-tissue characters from the cranial vasculature and anterior nasal fossa are described and figured for several tenrecs and other insectivoran-grade mammals. A number of variations in blood supply and anterior nasal anatomy exist among observed specimens, including the involution of certain branches of the stapedial artery, blood supply to the jaw, relation of the external carotid to pharyngeal musculature, connections of the vomeronasal duct and paraseptal cartilage, presence of a papillary cartilage, and others. When the observed anatomy is distilled into 20 discrete anatomical characters and optimized onto recent insectivoran phylogenetic trees, these soft-tissue characters are more consistent with a reconstruction based on osteological and dental characters than with one based on molecular characters. Nevertheless, all recently proposed phylogenies require homoplasy from this dataset, and potential synapomorphies for both a monophyletic Lipotyphla and endemic African clade can be optimized onto recent phylogenetic proposals. en_US
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dc.language eng en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher New York, NY : American Museum of Natural History en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates ; no. 3352 en_US
dc.subject.lcc QL1 .A436 no.3352, 2001 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Tenrecs -- Anatomy. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Skull. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Insectivora -- Anatomy. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Insectivora -- Evolution -- Africa. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Insectivora -- Africa -- Phylogeny. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mammals -- Evolution -- Africa. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mammals -- Africa -- Phylogeny. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Anatomy, Comparative. en_US
dc.title Cranial anatomy in tenrecid insectivorans : character evolution across competing phylogenies. American Museum novitates ; no. 3352 en_US
dc.title.alternative Tenrecid cranial anatomy en_US
dc.type text en_US


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    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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