Biology of Caviomorph Rodents: Diversity and Evolution

Biology of Caviomorph Rodents: Diversity and Evolution
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This is the first title in SAREM’s Series A, Mammalogical Research. It provides information about the biology of caviomorph rodents, with contributions by 32 experts.

Caviomorph rodents evolved in South America, diversifying in shape and size and occupying disparate habitats. Because of their diversity and their peculiar evolutionary history, they are particularly interesting for biologists. Throughout its chapters, this volume provides new and updated information on caviomorph skeletal morphology, their locomotor behavior, size range, physiology, social and reproductive structure, and ecological relationships. The historical dimension is not overlooked: biogeography, genetic studies, and phylogenetic relationships of living and extinct representatives are also covered. We hope that such an integrative approach to the study of caviomorphs will also shed light on more general issues in evolutionary biology.

Contents

Chapter 1. A brief history of caviomoph rodents as told by the fossil record
M.G. VUCETICH, M. ARNAL, C.M. DESCHAMPS, M.E. PÉREZ, and E.C. VIEYTES

Chapter 2. Evolution of caviomorph rodents: a complete phylogeny and timetree for living genera
N.S. UPHAM and B.D. PATTERSON

Chapter 3. Large-scale richness patterns, biogeography and ecological diversification in caviomorph rodents
R.A OJEDA, A. NOVILLO, and A.A. OJEDA

Chapter 4. Ecomorphological and locomotor diversity in caviomorph rodents with emphasis on cavioids
O. ROCHA-BARBOSA, M. FIUZA DE CASTRO LOGUERCIO, A. CASINOS, K. SILVA CLIMACO DAS CHAGAS, and J. ABREU DOS SANTOS

Chapter 5. The postcranial skeleton of caviomorphs: morphological diversity, adaptations and patterns
C.C. MORGAN

Chapter 6. Diversity of craniomandibular morphology in caviomorph rodents. An overview of macroevolutionary and functional patterns
A. ÁLVAREZ, E.C. VIEYTES, F. BECERRA, A.I. OLIVARES, A.I. ECHEVERRÍA, D.H. VERZI, and A.I. VASSALLO

Chapter 7. Social and mating systems of caviomorph rodents
E.A. HERRERA

Chapter 8. Macrophysiological patterns in the energetics of caviomorph rodents: implications in a changing world
F. LUNA, F. BOZINOVIC, and C.D. ANTENUCCI

Chapter 9. Genetics, genomics, and evolutionary themes in caviomorph rodents
M.D. MACMANES, E.A. LACEY, and E.P. LESSA

Chapter 10. Caviomorphs as prey: general patterns for mammalian carnivores and a local study for raptors in Patagonia
S.C. ZAPATA, D.E. PROCOPIO, and A. TRAVAINI

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