The Order Rodentia: Major Questions on Their Evolutionary Origin, Relationships and Suprafamilial Systematics

  • Jean-Louis Hartenberger
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Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes (ASI) Series book series (NSSA, volume 92)


During the last 55 million years of mammalian evolution, the order Rodentia has had an increasing success in terrestrial mammalian communities. No less than 330 to 400 genera, and 1800 to 2300 species, have been recorded in the Recent fauna, and the last number represents half of all species of mammals. All continents and all islands, including the smallest, are colonized by these small animals, sometimes with the aid of man himself. In deserts, mountains, rivers and cities, rodents are joining man in many of his activities, including exploitation of the earth.


Fossil Record Middle Eocene Major Question Fetal Membrane Cheek Tooth 
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  • Jean-Louis Hartenberger
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  1. 1.Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution, LA 327U. S. T. L.MontpellierFrance

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