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Small changes, big results: evolution of morphological discontinuity in mammals

Rodney L Honeycutt

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Natural Science Division, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California 90263-4321, USA

Journal of Biology 2008, 7:9  doi:10.1186/jbiol71

Published: 18 March 2008

Abstract

Comparative morphological and developmental studies, including a recent comparative study of tooth development among the Afrotherian mammals, are indicating the types of genetic mechanisms responsible for the evolution of morphological differences among major mammalian groups.