Dispersalist implications of Paraulacodus indicus

a South Asian rodent of African affinity

L. J. Flynn, A. J. Winkler

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The rodent family Thryonomyidae, especially the middle Miocene Paraulacodus indicus from Pakistan, presents the minimum biogeographic and biostratigraphic conditions required to document intercontinental dispersal. Thryonomyids have a long evolutionary history in Africa, where the closest relatives (congeneric) to P. indicus occur. The Siwalik fossil record of the Indian Subcontinent is sufficient to precisely date the range of P. indicus, and demonstrates the lack of a close relative in that region. A scenario of long distance dispersal from Africa to southern Asia in the middle Miocene best explains the Siwalik occurrence of P. indicus. Two dispersal events of Thryonomyidae are constructed from Africa to the Indian Subcontinent, the first prior to 16.3 Ma, the second about 13 Ma. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-235
Number of pages13
JournalHistorical Biology
Volume9
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1994

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Dispersalist implications of Paraulacodus indicus : a South Asian rodent of African affinity. / Flynn, L. J.; Winkler, A. J.

In: Historical Biology, Vol. 9, No. 3, 1994, p. 223-235.

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