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Serial disparity in the carnivoran backbone unveils a complex adaptive role in metameric evolution

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Organisms comprise multiple interacting parts, but few quantitative studies have analysed multi-element systems, limiting understanding of phenotypic evolution. We investigate how disparity of vertebral morphology varies along the axial column of mammalian carnivores — a chain of 27 subunits — and the extent to which morphological variation have been structured by evolutionary constraints and locomotory adaptation. We find that lumbars and posterior thoracics exhibit high individual disparity...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1038/s42003-021-02346-0

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Publisher:
Springer Nature Publisher's website
Journal:
Communications Biology Journal website
Volume:
4
Issue:
1
Article number:
863
Publication date:
2021-07-15
Acceptance date:
2021-05-20
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EISSN:
2399-3642
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English
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1177816
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pubs:1177816
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2021-05-21

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