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Type: Journal article
Title: Lagomorpha as a model morphological system
Author: Kraatz, B.
Belabbas, R.
Fostowicz-Frelik, L.A.
Ge, D.
Kuznetsov, A.N.
Madlen, L.
López-Torres, S.
Mohammadi, Z.
Racicot, R.A.
Ravosa, M.J.
Sharp, A.C.
Sherratt, E.
Silcox, M.T.
Słowiak, J.
Winkler, A.J.
Ruf, I.
Citation: Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 2021; 9:636402-1-636402-26
Publisher: Frontiers Media
Issue Date: 2021
ISSN: 2296-701X
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Brian Kraatz, Rafik Belabbas, Łucja Fostowicz-Frelik, De-Yan Ge, Alexander N. Kuznetsov, Madlen M. Lang ... et al.
Abstract: Due to their global distribution, invasive history, and unique characteristics, European rabbits are recognizable almost anywhere on our planet. Although they are members of a much larger group of living and extinct mammals [Mammalia, Lagomorpha (rabbits, hares, and pikas)], the group is often characterized by several well-known genera (e.g., Oryctolagus, Sylvilagus, Lepus, and Ochotona). This representation does not capture the extraordinary diversity of behavior and form found throughout the order. Model organisms are commonly used as exemplars for biological research, but there are a limited number of model clades or lineages that have been used to study evolutionary morphology in a more explicitly comparative way. We present this review paper to show that lagomorphs are a strong system in which to study macro- and micro-scale patterns of morphological change within a clade that offers underappreciated levels of diversity. To this end, we offer a summary of the status of relevant aspects of lagomorph biology.
Keywords: Lagomorpha; Leporidae; Ochotonidae; evolution; morphofunction; model organism; morphology; phylogeny
Rights: © 2021 Kraatz, Belabbas, Fostowicz-Frelik, Ge, Kuznetsov, Lang, López-Torres, Mohammadi, Racicot, Ravosa, Sharp, Sherratt, Silcox, Słowiak, Winkler and Ruf. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2021.636402
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