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On the evolution of the Caprinae

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The evolution of the subfamily Caprinae follows much the same pattern as does that of other families whose species are distributed from the tropics to the Arctic (Geist 1971a,b, 1977, 1978a, 1983, 1985a, 1986b). A similar pattern is found in gallinaceous birds (Geist 1977). This very evolutionary analysis indicates that the segregation of rupicaprids from caprids is an artefact. In recent decades we have learned much about ungulates, yet taxonomic models were developed much earlier on the basis of morphological differences that were little understood. We are now gaining that understanding. I hope to show that caprids are an evolutionary progression out of the rupicaprids, and that their differences are a consequence of exploiting open habitats as opposed to those rich in cover, as well as a result of the colonisation of cold, seasonal climates.

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Sika Deer Cheek Tooth Bighorn Sheep Social Organ Resource Defence 
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