Cranial Evidence for Rodent Affinities

  • Michael J. Novacek
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Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes (ASI) Series book series (NSSA, volume 92)


In his classic study of mammalian relationships, Gregory (1910) stated that a close grouping of rodents and lagomorphs seemed more compelling than most other proposals for higher eutherian categories. Nevertheless, the concept Glires, which unites these groups, soon drew influential criticism from Gidley (1912). Many workers acknowledged Gidley’s arguments and looked elsewhere for rodent relationships. Some allied rodents with primates (e.g., McKenna, 1961; Wood, 1962). Lagomorphs, on the other hand, were related to primitive ungulates (Wood, 1957) or “zalambdodont insectivores” (Russell, 1959).


Cheek Tooth Orbital Wall Temporal Fossa Infraorbital Canal Cranial Anatomy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael J. Novacek
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  1. 1.Department of Vertebrate PaleontologyAmerican Museum of Natural HistoryNew YorkUSA

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