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Tree shrews

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After Olsen, Sargis, and Martin 2005 and Sargis 2004.
Containing group: Eutheria

Other Names for Scandentia


Bedford, J. M. 1997. Unusual nature and possible evolutionary implications of the male vesicular gland secretion in the tree shrew, Tupaia glis. Anatomical Record 247:199-205.

Bloch, J. I. and D. M. Boyer. 2002. Grasping primate origins. Science 298:1606?1610.

Corbert, G. B. and J. E. Hill. 1992. The Mammals of the Indomalayan Region: A Systematic Review. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Emmons, L. H., 2000. Tupai: A Field Study of Bornean Treeshrews. University of California Press, Berkeley.

Han, K. H., F. H. Sheldon, and R. B. Stuebing. 2000. Interspecific relationships and biogeography of some Bornean tree shrews (Tupaiidae : Tupaia), based on DNA hybridization and morphometric comparisons. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 70:1-14.

Luckett, W. P. (ed.) 1980. Comparative Biology and Evolutionary Relationships of Tree Shrews. Plenum Press, New York.

Martin, R. D. 2001. Tree Shrews. Pages 426?431 in: The New Encyclopedia of Mammals. D. Macdonald, ed. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

McKenna, M. C. and S. K. Bell. 1997. Classification of Mammals Above the Species Level. Columbia University Press, New York.

Nowak, R.M. 1999. Order Scandentia. Pages 244-249 in: Walker's Mammals of the World. Sixth Edition. Volume I. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.

Olson, L. E., E. J. Sargis, and R. D. Martin. 2004. Phylogenetic relationships among treeshrews (Scandentia): a review and critique of the morphological evidence. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 11:49?71.

Olson, L. E., E. J. Sargis, and R. D. Martin. 2005. Intraordinal phylogenetics of treeshrews (Mammalia: Scandentia) based on evidence from the mitochondrial 12S rRNA gene. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 35:656-673.

Sargis, E. J., 1999. Tree Shrews. Pages 1286?1287 in: Encyclopedia of Paleontology. R. Singer, ed. Fitzroy Dearborn, Chicago.

Sargis, E. J. 2002. The postcranial morphology of Ptilocercus lowii (Scandentia, Tupaiidae): an analysis of primatomorphan and volitantian characters. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 9:137?160.

Sargis, E. J. 2002. Functional morphology of the forelimb of tupaiids (Mammalia, Scandentia) and its phylogenetic implications. Journal of Morphology 253:10?42.

Schlitter, D. A. 1993. Order Macroscelidea. Pages 829-830 in Mammal Species of the World. Second Edition. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder, eds. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington.

Schmitz, J., M. Ohme, and H. Zischler.2000. The complete mitochondrial genome of Tupaia belangeri and the phylogenetic affiliation of Scandentia to other eutherian orders. Molecular Biology and Evolution 17:1334?1343.

Wible, J. R. and U. Zeller. 1994. Cranial circulation of the pen-tailed tree shrew Ptilocercus lowii and relationships of Scandentia. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 2:209-230.

Yates, T. L. 1984. Insectivores, elephant shrews, tree shrews, and dermopterans. Pages 117-144 in Orders and Families of Recent Mammals of the World. (S. Anderson and J. K. Jones, Jr., eds.) John Wiley and Sons.

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Scientific Name Tupaia tana
Creator Joseph Smit (18361929)
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