The Origin of Rodents and Lagomorphs

  • Li Chuan-Kuei
  • Robert W. Wilson
  • Mary R. Dawson
  • Leonard Krishtalka


Although the two major groups of gliriform mammals, the rodents and lagomorphs, are frequently grouped together by nonspecialists, the opinion of both paleontologists and neomammalogists has long been that the two orders are not closely related. Now, new evidence on this question has come from recent fossil discoveries in China and from reevaluation of other evidence, especially developmental. After a review of the past interpretations and new evidence, we return to the view that the Lagomorpha and Rodentia can be traced to a common ancestral group and that the Cohort Glires is a valid taxonomic unit.


Late Eocene Coronoid Process Cheek Tooth Vertebrate Paleontology Carnegie Museum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Li Chuan-Kuei
    • 1
  • Robert W. Wilson
    • 2
  • Mary R. Dawson
    • 3
  • Leonard Krishtalka
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and PaleoanthropologyAcademia SinicaBeijingChina
  2. 2.Museum of Natural HistoryUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA
  3. 3.Section of Vertebrate FossilsCarnegie Museum of Natural HistoryPittsburghUSA

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