SYSTEMATICS AND TAXONOMY OF THE SPANISH ANCHITHERIINAE, AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH REGIONAL CLIMATE CHANGES: A COMMENT ON ERONEN ET AL.
Article first published online: 28 JAN 2011
© 2011 The Author(s). Evolution© 2011 The Society for the Study of Evolution.
Volume 65, Issue 5, pages 1506–1510, May 2011
How to Cite
Salesa, M. J., Sánchez, I. M., Azanza, B., DeMiguel, D. and Morales, J. (2011), SYSTEMATICS AND TAXONOMY OF THE SPANISH ANCHITHERIINAE, AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH REGIONAL CLIMATE CHANGES: A COMMENT ON ERONEN ET AL. Evolution, 65: 1506–1510. doi: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01219.x
- Issue published online: 26 APR 2011
- Article first published online: 28 JAN 2011
- Accepted manuscript online: 10 JAN 2011 12:58PM EST
- Received March 23, 2010, Accepted December 1, 2010
- Adaptive radiation;
- Life-History Evolution;
- Morphological Evolution
In a recent paper, Eronen et al. (2010; hereafter EEFJ) observe differences in occlusal morphology, tooth crown height, and mesowear pattern between populations of the Miocene tridactyl equid Anchitherium from Spain and Germany, proposing that Spanish Anchitherium underwent adaptive evolution to local or regional arid conditions. However, these authors do not take into account the actual diversity of Iberian representatives of Anchitherium, or the fact that the Spanish fossils cover a wider temporal and geographical range than those from Germany. For these reasons, we suggest that their subsequent statistical work should be reconsidered.