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Skull morphological integration and evolution of cranial morphology in Feliformia (Carnivora; Mammalia)

Grant number: 13/07299-1
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2013
Effective date (End): November 20, 2015
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Morphology of Recent Groups
Principal Investigator:Gabriel Henrique Marroig Zambonato
Grantee:Thiago Macek Gonçalves Zahn
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:11/14295-7 - Modularity and its evolutionary consequences, AP.TEM
Associated scholarship(s):14/12403-5 - Skull morphological integration and related evolutionary aspects in Feliformia (Carnivora), BE.EP.MS


Differences in lineages' phenotypic integration patterns directly affect the amount of existing variation for different variables and thus exert direct and/or indirect influence on both the possibilities for phenotypic diversification and the ways in which given lineages respond to selective pressures. This project proposes to investigate patterns and magnitudes of morphological integration in the skull of feliform Carnivora, a group exhibiting marked ecological and morphotype diversity, comparing the results obtained to those for other mammal groups. The project thus intends to assess differences in evolutionary flexibility within this group, making way for future studies on the past evolutionary processes which may have operated upon the various lineages of Feliformia.

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
ANDRADE MACHADO, FABIO; GONCALVES ZAHN, THIAGO MACEK; MARROIG, GABRIEL. Evolution of morphological integration in the skull of Carnivora (Mammalia): Changes in Canidae lead to increased evolutionary potential of facial traits. Evolution, v. 72, n. 7, p. 1399-1419, JUL 2018. Web of Science Citations: 10.
Academic Publications
(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
ZAHN, Thiago Macek Gonçalves. Skull morphological integration and evolution of skull morphology in Feliformia (Carnivora: Mammalia). 2016. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Instituto de Biociências São Paulo.

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