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Understanding morphological variation in the extant koala as a framework for identification of species boundaries in extinct koalas (Phascolarctidae; Marsupialia)

Black, Karen H.; Louys, Julien; Price, Gilbert

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We document morphological variation (both geographical and sexual) in the dentition of the extant koala, Phascolarctos cinereus, in order to facilitate discrimination of species boundaries in extinct phascolarctids. Considerable variation is evident in dental structures previously used to diagnose several phascolarctid fossil species. Consistent patterns of morphological variation are not evident between sexes or geographic regions, with variation as great between samples as within them. Metric...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/61630
Source: Journal of Systematic Palaeontology
DOI: 10.1080/14772019.2013.768304

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