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Out on a limb: bandicoot limb co-variation suggests complex impacts of development and adaptation on marsupial forelimb evolution

Garland, Kathleen; Marcy, Ariel E.; Sherratt, Emma; Weisbecker, Vera

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SUMMARY Marsupials display far less forelimb diversity than placentals, possibly because of the laborious forelimb-powered climb to the pouch performed by most marsupial neonates. This is thought to result in stronger morphological integration (i.e., higher co-variance) within the marsupial forelimb skeleton, and lower integration between marsupial fore- and hind limbs, compared to other mammals. Possible mechanisms for this constraint are a fundamental developmental change in marsupial limb...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/245618
Source: Evolution and Development
DOI: 10.1111/ede.12220
Access Rights: Open Access

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