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How did mammals evolve into their ecological niches through time? Quantitative tests for classic macroevolutionary questions

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Observations that the taxonomic and ecomorphological diversity of mammals increased across the Cretaceous/Paleocene (K/Pg) boundary led to the model of adaptive radiation. These rapid and large-scale increases in diversity and disparity are thought to have resulted from unprecedented ecological opportunity for mammals in the wake of the K/Pg event, during which numerous niches previously occupied by the non-avian dinosaurs and other components of the Mesozoic fauna were cleared. Although p...

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MPLS
Department:
Earth Sciences
Department:
University of Oxford
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University of Oxford, University of Michigan
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University of Oxford
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Natural Environmental Research Council
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NE/ L0021612/1
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford
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English
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Deposit date:
2019-06-14

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