Problems in Muroid Phylogeny: Relationship to Other Rodents and Origin of Major Groups

  • Lawrence J. Flynn
  • Louis L. Jacobs
  • Everett H. Lindsay
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Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes (ASI) Series book series (NSSA, volume 92)

Abstract

The Muroidea include most of the diverse mouse-like rodents living today. The extant families of muroid rodents recognized by us are Muridae (true rats and mice), Cricetidae (hamsters, diverse hypsodont groups, and many American lineages), Gerbillidae (gerbils, sand rats and jirds) and several smaller groups, most of which have been given familial rank elsewhere. These are Nesomyidae (including Afrocricetodontinae), Rhizomyidae, Dendromuridae, Petromyscidae, Spalacidae, Cricetomyidae, Platacanthomyidae, and Lophiomyidae. Arvicoline (microtine) genera are not considered to constitute a family because they are late derivatives of advanced cricetids and because they form a polyphyletic group (C. A. Repenning, personal communication).

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Fossil Record Middle Miocene Late Eocene Cheek Tooth Anterior Plate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence J. Flynn
    • 1
  • Louis L. Jacobs
    • 2
  • Everett H. Lindsay
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. Vertebrate PaleontologyAmerican Museum of Natural HistoryNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Dept. Geological SciencesSouthern Methodist UniversityDallasUSA
  3. 3.Dept. GeosciencesUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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