research data . Dataset . 2016

Convergence and Divergence in the Evolution of Cat Skulls: Temporal and Spatial Patterns of Morphological Diversity

Sakamoto, Manabu; Ruta, Marcello;
  • Published: 01 Jan 2016
  • Publisher: Figshare
<div><h3>Background</h3><p>Studies of biological shape evolution are greatly enhanced when framed in a phylogenetic perspective. Inclusion of fossils amplifies the scope of macroevolutionary research, offers a deep-time perspective on tempo and mode of radiations, and elucidates life-trait changes. We explore the evolution of skull shape in felids (cats) through morphometric analyses of linear variables, phylogenetic comparative methods, and a new cladistic study of saber-toothed cats.</p> <h3>Methodology/Principal Findings</h3><p>A new phylogenetic analysis supports the monophyly of saber-toothed cats (Machairodontinae) exclusive of Felinae and some basal felid...
free text keywords: Physiology, Evolutionary Biology, convergence, divergence, temporal, spatial, patterns, morphological
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