Adaptation in the vertebral column: a comparative study of patterns of metameric variation in seven species of small mammals

Authors

  • M. Y. KIDA,

    1. Department of Anatomy, Iwate Medical University, Morioka, Japan, and School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Leeds, and Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, University College London, UK
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  • D. R. JOHNSON,

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Anatomy, Iwate Medical University, Morioka, Japan, and School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Leeds, and Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, University College London, UK
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  • T. J. McANDREW,

    1. Department of Anatomy, Iwate Medical University, Morioka, Japan, and School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Leeds, and Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, University College London, UK
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  • P. O'HIGGINS

    1. Department of Anatomy, Iwate Medical University, Morioka, Japan, and School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Leeds, and Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, University College London, UK
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Correspondence to Dr D. R. Johnson, School of Biomedical Sciences, Medical and Dental Building, Leeds LS2 9JT, W. Yorks, UK.

Abstract

The pattern of variation of certain vertebral measurements along the vertebral column is known to differ in man and mouse. This paper investigates changes in this pattern in 7 species of small mammals and attempts to correlate them with locomotor adaptations and limb dimensions.

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