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167Late Triassic–Recent; 225 or 167–0 MaPS= See discussion of dates in text}}|image = File:Mammal Diversity 2011.png|300pxrect 0 0 176 125 common vampire batrect 0 120 176 240 Tasmanian devilrect 0 240 176 380 fox squirrelrect 0 380 176 500 platypusrect 0 500 176 600 humpback whalerect 0 760 176 620 giant armadillorect 355 0 176 125 Virginia opossumrect 355 120 176 240 humanrect 355 240 176 380 tree pangolinrect 355 380 176 500 colugorect 355 500 176 600 star nosed molerect 355 760 176 620 plains zebrarect 530 0 350 125 eastern grey kangaroorect 530 120 350 240 northern elephant sealrect 530 240 350 380 African elephantrect 530 380 350 500 reindeerrect 530 500 350 600 giant pandarect 530 760 350 620 black and rufous elephant shrew| display_parents = 3| taxon = MammaliaCarl Linnaeus>Linnaeus, 1758| subdivision_ranks = Living subgroups| subdivision = Legion Cladotheria* Supercohort Theria** Cohort Marsupialia*** Superorder Ameridelphia Order Didelphimorphia Order Paucituberculata*** Superorder Australidelphia Order Microbiotheria Order Dasyuromorphia Order Notoryctemorphia Order Peramelemorphia Order Diprotodontia** Cohort Placentalia*** Superorder Xenarthra Order Cingulata Order Pilosa*** Superorder Afroinsectiphilia Order Afrosoricida Order Macroscelidea Order Tubulidentata*** Superorder Paenungulata Order Hyracoidea Order Sirenia Order Proboscidea*** Superorder Euarchontoglires Order Scandentia Order Lagomorpha Order Rodentia Order Dermoptera Order Primates*** Superorder Laurasiatheria Order Eulipotyphla Order Chiroptera Order Cetartiodactyla Order Perissodactyla Order Pholidota Order Carnivora}}Mammals (from Latin (wikt:mamma#Latin|mamma) "breast") are vertebrate animals constituting the class Mammalia ({{IPAc-en|m|ə|ˈ|m|eɪ|l|i|ə}}), and characterized by the presence of mammary glands which in females (and sometimes malesWEB, Swaminathan, Nikhil, Strange but True: Males Can Lactate,weblink Scientific American, en, ) produce milk for feeding (nursing) their young, a neocortex (a region of the brain), fur or hair, and three middle ear bones. These characteristics distinguish them from reptiles and birds, from which they diverged in the late Triassic, 201–227 million years ago. There are around 5,450 species of mammals. The largest orders are the rodents, bats and Soricomorpha (shrews and others). The next three are the Primates (apes, monkeys, and others), the Cetartiodactyla (cetaceans and even-toed ungulates), and the Carnivora (cats, dogs, seals, and others).In cladistics, which reflect evolution, mammals—along with dinosaurs, and by extension, birds—are classified as endothermic amniotes. This trait evolved separately in both cases and is an example of convergent evolution. Mammals are the only living members of the clade Synapsida, which together with Sauropsida (reptiles and birds) form the Amniota clade. The early synapsid mammalian ancestors were sphenacodont pelycosaurs, a group that produced the non-mammalian Dimetrodon. At the end of the Carboniferous period around 300 million years ago, this group diverged from the sauropsid line that led to today's reptiles and birds. The line following the stem group Sphenacodontia split into several diverse groups of non-mammalian synapsids—sometimes incorrectly referred to as mammal-like reptiles—before giving rise to Therapsida in the Early Permian period. The modern mammalian orders arose in the Paleogene and Neogene periods of the Cenozoic era, after the extinction of non-avian dinosaurs, and have been among the dominant terrestrial animal groups from 66 million years ago to the present.The basic body type is quadruped, and most mammals use their four extremities for terrestrial locomotion; but in some, the extremities are adapted for life at sea, in the air, in trees, underground, or on two legs. Mammals range in size from the {{convert|30|–|40|mm|abbr=on}} bumblebee bat to the {{convert|30|m|adj=on|sp=us}} blue whale—possibly the largest animal to have ever lived. Maximum lifespan varies from two years for the shrew to 211 years for the bowhead whale. All modern mammals give birth to live young, except the five species of monotremes, which are egg-laying mammals. The most species-rich group of mammals, the cohort called placentals, have a placenta, which enables the feeding of the fetus during gestation.Most mammals are intelligent, with some possessing large brains, self-awareness, and tool use. Mammals can communicate and vocalize in several different ways, including the production of ultrasound, scent-marking, alarm signals, singing, and echolocation. Mammals can organize themselves into fission-fusion societies, harems, and hierarchies—but can also be solitary and territorial. Most mammals are polygynous, but some can be monogamous or polyandrous.Domestication of many types of mammals by humans played a major role in the Neolithic revolution, and resulted in farming replacing hunting and gathering as the primary source of food for humans. This led to a major restructuring of human societies from nomadic to sedentary, with more co-operation among larger and larger groups, and ultimately the development of the first civilizations. Domesticated mammals provided, and continue to provide, power for transport and agriculture, as well as food (meat and dairy products), fur, and leather. Mammals are also hunted and raced for sport, and are used as model organisms in science. Mammals have been depicted in art since Palaeolithic times, and appear in literature, film, mythology, and religion. Decline in numbers and extinction of many mammals is primarily driven by human poaching and habitat destruction, primarily deforestation.{{TOC limit|4}}


{{see also|List of placental mammals|List of monotremes and marsupials|List of mammal genera|List of mammal species}}File:Mammal species pie chart.svg|thumb|upright=1.35|The orders Rodentia (blue), Chiroptera (red) and Soricomorpha (yellow) together make up over 70% of mammal species.{|
{{legend|#63aafe|Rodentia}}{{legend|#dd2d32|Chiroptera}}{{legend|#fff58c|Soricomorpha}}{{legend|#4ee257|Primates}}{{legend|#6711ff|Carnivora}}{{legend|#fea746|Artiodactyla}}{{legend|#865357|Diprotodontia}}{{legend|#a2bd90|Lagomorpha}}{{legend|#00ccff|Didelphimorphia}}{{legend|#ccffff|Cetacea}}{{legend|#ccffcc|Dasyuromorphia}}{{legend|#ffff99|Afrosoricida}}{{legend|#99ccff|Erinaceomorpha}}{{legend|#ff99cc|Cingulata}}{{legend|#cc99ff|Peramelemorphia}}{{legend|#ffcc99|Scandentia}}{{legend|#3366ff|Perissodactyla}}{{legend|#33cccc|Macroscelidea}}{{legend|#99cc00|Pilosa}}{{legend|#ff6600|Monotremata}}{{legend|#003366|ProboscideaProboscideaMammal classification has been through several iterations since Carl Linnaeus initially defined the class. No classification system is universally accepted; McKenna & Bell (1997) and Wilson & Reader (2005) provide useful recent compendiums.BOOK, Mammalogy, 6, 2013, Vaughan, Terry A., Ryan, James M., Czaplewski, Nicholas J., 978-1-284-03209-3, Classification of Mammals, Jones and Bartlett Learning, George Gaylord Simpson's "Principles of Classification and a Classification of Mammals" (AMNH Bulletin v. 85, 1945) provides systematics of mammal origins and relationships that were universally taught until the end of the 20th century. Since Simpson's classification, the paleontological record has been recalibrated, and the intervening years have seen much debate and progress concerning the theoretical underpinnings of systematization itself, partly through the new concept of cladistics. Though field work gradually made Simpson's classification outdated, it remains the closest thing to an official classification of mammals.JOURNAL, 4523980, Frederick S., Szalay, 1999, Classification of Mammals above the Species Level: Review, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 19, 1, 191–195, 10.1080/02724634.1999.10011133, Most mammals, including the six most species-rich orders, belong to the placental group. The three largest orders in numbers of species are Rodentia: mice, rats, porcupines, beavers, capybaras and other gnawing mammals; Chiroptera: bats; and Soricomorpha: shrews, moles and solenodons. The next three biggest orders, depending on the biological classification scheme used, are the Primates including the apes, monkeys and lemurs; the Cetartiodactyla including whales and even-toed ungulates; and the Carnivora which includes cats, dogs, weasels, bears, seals and allies.{{MSW3|heading=Preface and introductory material|page=xxvi}} According to Mammal Species of the World, 5,416 species were identified in 2006. These were grouped into 1,229 genera, 153 families and 29 orders. In 2008, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) completed a five-year Global Mammal Assessment for its IUCN Red List, which counted 5,488 species.WEB, Mammals, The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, April 2010, IUCN,weblink 23 August 2016, According to research published in the Journal of Mammalogy in 2018, the number of recognized mammal species is 6,495 including 96 recently extinct.JOURNAL, Burgin, Connor J., Colella, Jocelyn P., Kahn, Philip L., Upham, Nathan S., February 1, 2018, How many species of mammals are there?,weblink Journal of Mammalogy, 99, 1, 1–14, 10.1093/jmammal/gyx147, February 7, 2018,

Definitions {{Anchor|variations}}

The word "(:wikt:mammal|mammal)" is modern, from the scientific name Mammalia coined by Carl Linnaeus in 1758, derived from the Latin (wikt:mamma#Latin|mamma) ("teat, pap"). In an influential 1988 paper, Timothy Rowe defined Mammalia phylogenetically as the crown group of mammals, the clade consisting of the most recent common ancestor of living monotremes (echidnas and platypuses) and therian mammals (marsupials and placentals) and all descendants of that ancestor.JOURNAL, Rowe, T., 1988, Definition, diagnosis, and origin of Mammalia, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 8, 3, 241–264,weblink 10.1080/02724634.1988.10011708, Since this ancestor lived in the Jurassic period, Rowe's definition excludes all animals from the earlier Triassic, despite the fact that Triassic fossils in the Haramiyida have been referred to the Mammalia since the mid-19th century.BOOK, The Student's Elements of Geology, Lyell, Charles, Charles Lyell, 1871, John Murray, London, 347, {{Google books, yes, 634gAQAAIAAJ, 347, |isbn= 978-1-345-18248-4}} If Mammalia is considered as the crown group, its origin can be roughly dated as the first known appearance of animals more closely related to some extant mammals than to others. Ambondro is more closely related to monotremes than to therian mammals while Amphilestes and Amphitherium are more closely related to the therians; as fossils of all three genera are dated about {{ma|167|million years ago}} in the Middle Jurassic, this is a reasonable estimate for the appearance of the crown group.JOURNAL, Cifelli, Richard L., Davis, Brian M., 2003, Marsupial origins, Science, 302, 5652, 1899–1900, 10.1126/science.1092272, 14671280, T. S. Kemp has provided a more traditional definition: "synapsids that possess a dentary–squamosal jaw articulation and occlusion between upper and lower molars with a transverse component to the movement" or, equivalently in Kemp's view, the clade originating with the last common ancestor of Sinoconodon and living mammals.BOOK,weblink United Kingdom, The Origin and Evolution of Mammals, Kemp, T. S., 2005, Oxford University Press, 978-0-19-850760-4, 3, 232311794, The earliest known synapsid satisfying Kemp's definitions is Tikitherium, dated {{ma|225|Ma}}, so the appearance of mammals in this broader sense can be given this Late Triassic date.JOURNAL, Datta, P. M., 2005, Earliest mammal with transversely expanded upper molar from the Late Triassic (Carnian) Tiki Formation, South Rewa Gondwana Basin, India, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 25, 1, 200–207, 10.1671/0272-4634(2005)025[0200:EMWTEU]2.0.CO;2, JOURNAL, Luo, Zhe-Xi, Martin, Thomas, 2007, Analysis of Molar Structure and Phylogeny of Docodont Genera, Bulletin of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 39, 27–47, 10.2992/0145-9058(2007)39[27:AOMSAP]2.0.CO;2,weblink April 8, 2013,weblink" title="">weblink March 3, 2016, dead,

McKenna/Bell classification

{{see also|Mammal_classification#McKenna/Bell classification}}In 1997, the mammals were comprehensively revised by Malcolm C. McKenna and Susan K. Bell, which has resulted in the McKenna/Bell classification. Their 1997 book, Classification of Mammals above the Species Level,BOOK, McKenna, Malcolm C., Bell, Susan Groag, Classification of Mammals above the Species Level, New York, 1997, Columbia University Press, 978-0-231-11013-6, 37345734, is a comprehensive work on the systematics, relationships and occurrences of all mammal taxa, living and extinct, down through the rank of genus, though molecular genetic data challenge several of the higher level groupings. The authors worked together as paleontologists at the American Museum of Natural History, New York. McKenna inherited the project from Simpson and, with Bell, constructed a completely updated hierarchical system, covering living and extinct taxa that reflects the historical genealogy of Mammalia.Extinct groups are represented by a dagger (†).Class Mammalia Cohort Marsupialia: marsupials* Magnorder Australidelphia: Australian marsupials and the monito del monte* Magnorder Ameridelphia: New World marsupials. Now considered paraphyletic, with shrew opossums being closer to australidelphians.JOURNAL, Nilsson, M. A., Churakov, G., Sommer, M., van Tran, N., Zemann, A., Brosius, J., Schmitz, J., 2010, Tracking Marsupial Evolution Using Archaic Genomic Retroposon Insertions, PLoS Biology, 8, 7, 10.1371/journal.pbio.1000436, 2910653, 20668664, e1000436, Cohort Placentalia: placentals* Magnorder Xenarthra: xenarthrans* Magnorder Epitheria: epitheres** Superorder †Leptictida** Superorder Preptotheria*** Grandorder Anagalida: lagomorphs, rodents and elephant shrews*** Grandorder Ferae: carnivorans, pangolins, †creodonts and relatives*** Grandorder Lipotyphla: insectivorans*** Grandorder Archonta: bats, primates, colugos and treeshrews*** Grandorder Ungulata: ungulates Order Tubulidentata incertae sedis: aardvark Mirorder Eparctocyona: †condylarths, whales and artiodactyls (even-toed ungulates) Mirorder †Meridiungulata: South American ungulates Mirorder Altungulata: perissodactyls (odd-toed ungulates), elephants, manatees and hyraxes

Molecular classification of placentals

Molecular studies based on DNA analysis have suggested new relationships among mammal families over the last few years. Most of these findings have been independently validated by retrotransposon presence/absence data.JOURNAL, Kriegs, Jan Ole, Churakov, Gennady, Kiefmann, Martin, Jordan, Ursula, Brosius, Jürgen, Schmitz, Jürgen, Retroposed Elements as Archives for the Evolutionary History of Placental Mammals, PLoS Biology, 2006, 4, 4, e91, 10.1371/journal.pbio.0040091, 16515367, 1395351, Classification systems based on molecular studies reveal three major groups or lineages of placental mammals—Afrotheria, Xenarthra and Boreoeutheria—which diverged in the Cretaceous. The relationships between these three lineages is contentious, and all three possible different hypotheses have been proposed with respect to which group is basal. These hypotheses are Atlantogenata (basal Boreoeutheria), Epitheria (basal Xenarthra) and Exafroplacentalia (basal Afrotheria).JOURNAL, Nishihara, H., Maruyama, S., Okada, N., Retroposon analysis and recent geological data suggest near-simultaneous divergence of the three superorders of mammals, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2009, 106, 13, 5235–5240, 10.1073/pnas.0809297106, 19286970, 2655268, 2009PNAS..106.5235N, Boreoeutheria in turn contains two major lineages—Euarchontoglires and Laurasiatheria.Estimates for the divergence times between these three placental groups range from 105 to 120 million years ago, depending on the type of DNA used (such as nuclear or mitochondrial)JOURNAL, Springer, Mark S., Murphy, William J., Eizirik, Eduardo, O'Brien, Stephen J., Placental mammal diversification and the Cretaceous–Tertiary boundary, 10.1073/pnas.0334222100, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 100, 3, 1056–1061, 2003, 12552136, 298725, 2003PNAS..100.1056S, and varying interpretations of paleogeographic data.{{clade| style=font-size:100%;line-height:100%|label1=Mammalia|1={{Clade
|1=Monotremata (File:The zoological miscellany (platypus).jpg|50 px|Ornithorhynchus anatinus)
|1=Marsupialia (File:A monograph of the Macropodidæ, or family of kangaroos (9398404841) white background.jpg|50 px|Macropodidæ)
|1=Afrotheria (File:Indian elephant white background.jpg|50 px|Elephas maximus) (File:Manatee white background.jpg|50 px|Trichechus)
|2=Xenarthra (File:Nine-banded-Armadillo white background.jpg|50 px|Dasypus novemcinctus) (File:Natural history of the animal kingdom for the use of young people (Plate XV) (Myrmecophaga tridactyla).jpg|50 px|Myrmecophaga tridactyla)
|1=Euarchonta (File:Die Säugthiere in Abbildungen nach der Natur, mit Beschreibungen (Plate 8) (white background).jpg|50 px|Cebus olivaceus) (File:Bechuana of Distinction-1841 (white background).jpg|50 px|Homo sapiens)
|2=Glires (File:Ruskea rotta.png|50 px|Rattus) (File:Bruno Liljefors - Hare studies 1885 white background.jpg|50 px|Lepus)
|1=Eulipotyphla (File:Mole white background.jpg|50 px|Talpidae)
|1=Chiroptera (File:Vampire bat white background.jpg|50 px|Desmodontinae)
|1=Cetartiodactyla (File:Walia ibex illustration white background.png|50 px|Capra walie) (File:Eubalaena glacialis NOAA.jpg|70 px|Eubalaena glacialis)
|2=Perissodactyla (File:Equus quagga (white background).jpg|50 px|Equus quagga) (File:Rhino white background.jpg|50 px|Diceros bicornis)
|1=Pholidota (File:FMIB 46859 Pangolin a grosse queue white background.jpeg|50 px|Manidae)
|2=Carnivora (File:Cynailurus guttata - 1818-1842 - Print - Iconographia Zoologica - Special Collections University of Amsterdam - (white background).jpg|50px|Acinonyx jubatus) (File:Zalophus californianus J. Smit (white background).jpg|50 px|Zalophus californianus)
The cladogram above is based on Tarver et al. (2016)JOURNAL, James E., Tarver, Mario, dos Reis, Siavash, Mirarab, Raymond J., Moran, Sean, Parker, Joseph E., O’Reilly, Benjamin L., King, Mary J., O’Connell, Robert J., Asher, Tandy, Warnow, Kevin J., Peterson, Philip C. J., Donoghue, Davide, Pisani, 2016, The Interrelationships of Placental Mammals and the Limits of Phylogenetic Inference, Genome Biology and Evolution, 8, 2, 330–344, 10.1093/gbe/evv261, 26733575, 4779606, 1983/64d6e437-3320-480d-a16c-2e5b2e6b61d4, Group I: Superorder AfrotheriaJOURNAL, Mark S., Springer, Robert W., Meredith, Jan E., Janecka, William J., Murphy, 2011, The Historical Biogeography of Mammalia, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 366, 1577, 2478–2502, 10.1098/rstb.2011.0023, 3138613, 21807730, Group II: Superorder Xenarthra
  • Order Pilosa: sloths and anteaters (neotropical)
  • Order Cingulata: armadillos and extinct relatives (Americas)
Group III: Magnaorder Boreoeutheria Clade Ferae* Order Pholidota: pangolins or scaly anteaters (Africa, South Asia)* Order Carnivora: carnivores (cosmopolitan), including cats and dogs Clade Euungulata* Order Cetartiodactyla: cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and even-toed ungulates, including pigs, cattle, deer and giraffes* Order Perissodactyla: odd-toed ungulates, including horses, donkeys, zebras, tapirs and rhinoceroses



Synapsida, a clade that contains mammals and their extinct relatives, originated during the Pennsylvanian subperiod (~323 million to ~300 million years ago), when they split from reptilian and avian lineages. Crown group mammals evolved from earlier mammaliaforms during the Early Jurassic. The cladogram takes Mammalia to be the crown group.JOURNAL, Jin Meng, Yuanqing Wang, Chuankui Li, yes, 2011, Transitional mammalian middle ear from a new Cretaceous Jehol eutriconodont, Nature, 472, 7342, 181–185, 10.1038/nature09921, 21490668, 2011Natur.472..181M, {{clade
|1=Morganucodontidae (File:Morganucodon.jpg|50px)
|1=Australosphenida (incl. Monotremata) (File:Steropodon BW.jpg|50px)
|2=Multituberculata (File:Sunnyodon.jpg|50px)
|3=Eutriconodonta (incl. Gobiconodonta) (File:Repenomamus BW.jpg|50px)
|4=Trechnotheria (incl. Theria) (File:Juramaia NT.jpg|50px)

Evolution from amniotes

File:Skull synapsida 1.png|thumb|The original synapsid skull structure contains one temporal opening behind the orbitals, in a fairly low position on the skull (lower right in this image). This opening might have assisted in containing the jaw muscles of these organisms which could have increased their biting strength.]]The first fully terrestrial vertebrates were amniotes. Like their amphibious tetrapod predecessors, they had lungs and limbs. Amniotic eggs, however, have internal membranes that allow the developing embryo to breathe but keep water in. Hence, amniotes can lay eggs on dry land, while amphibians generally need to lay their eggs in water.The first amniotes apparently arose in the Pennsylvanian subperiod of the Carboniferous. They descended from earlier reptiliomorph amphibious tetrapods,JOURNAL, Ahlberg, P. E., Milner, A. R., yes, April 1994, The Origin and Early Diversification of Tetrapods, Nature, 368, 507–514, 10.1038/368507a0, 6471, 1994Natur.368..507A, which lived on land that was already inhabited by insects and other invertebrates as well as ferns, mosses and other plants. Within a few million years, two important amniote lineages became distinct: the synapsids, which would later include the common ancestor of the mammals; and the sauropsids, which now include turtles, lizards, snakes, crocodilians, dinosaurs and birds.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 2010-12-20, Amniota – Palaeos, Synapsids have a single hole (temporal fenestra) low on each side of the skull. One synapsid group, the pelycosaurs, included the largest and fiercest animals of the early Permian.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 2010-12-20, Synapsida overview – Palaeos, Nonmammalian synapsids are sometimes (inaccurately) called "mammal-like reptiles".Therapsids, a group of synapsids, descended from pelycosaurs in the Middle Permian, about 265 million years ago, and became the dominant land vertebrates.JOURNAL, Kemp, T. S., 2006, The origin and early radiation of the therapsid mammal-like reptiles: a palaeobiological hypothesis, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 19, 4, 1231–1247, 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2005.01076.x,weblink 16780524, They differ from basal eupelycosaurs in several features of the skull and jaws, including: larger skulls and incisors which are equal in size in therapsids, but not for eupelycosaurs. The therapsid lineage leading to mammals went through a series of stages, beginning with animals that were very similar to their pelycosaur ancestors and ending with probainognathian cynodonts, some of which could easily be mistaken for mammals. Those stages were characterized by:BOOK, Kermack, Kermack, The evolution of mammalian characters, Washington D.C., Croom Helm, 1984, 978-0-7099-1534-8, D.M., K.A., 10710687,
  • The gradual development of a bony secondary palate.
  • Progression towards an erect limb posture, which would increase the animals' stamina by avoiding Carrier's constraint. But this process was slow and erratic: for example, all herbivorous nonmammaliaform therapsids retained sprawling limbs (some late forms may have had semierect hind limbs); Permian carnivorous therapsids had sprawling forelimbs, and some late Permian ones also had semisprawling hindlimbs. In fact, modern monotremes still have semisprawling limbs.
  • The dentary gradually became the main bone of the lower jaw which, by the Triassic, progressed towards the fully mammalian jaw (the lower consisting only of the dentary) and middle ear (which is constructed by the bones that were previously used to construct the jaws of reptiles).

First mammals

The Permian–Triassic extinction event about 252 million years ago, which was a prolonged event due to the accumulation of several extinction pulses, ended the dominance of carnivorous therapsids.JOURNAL, Tanner LH, Lucas SG, Chapman MG, yes, Assessing the record and causes of Late Triassic extinctions, Earth-Science Reviews, 65, 1–2, 103–139, 2004, 10.1016/S0012-8252(03)00082-5,weblink 2004ESRv...65..103T, unfit,weblink" title="">weblink October 25, 2007, In the early Triassic, most medium to large land carnivore niches were taken over by archosaursJOURNAL,weblink Superiority, Competition, and Opportunism in the Evolutionary Radiation of Dinosaurs, Science, 321, 5895, 1485–1488, Stephen L. Brusatte, 10.1126/science.1161833, 18787166, 2008, which, over an extended period (35 million years), came to include the crocodylomorphs,BOOK, Gauthier, J.A., 1986, Saurischian monophyly and the origin of birds, The Origin of Birds and the Evolution of Flight. Memoirs of the California Academy of Sciences, Padian, K., 8, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, 1–55, the pterosaurs and the dinosaurs;JOURNAL, Sereno, P.C., 1991, Basal archosaurs: phylogenetic relationships and functional implications, Memoirs of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, 2, 1–53, 10.2307/3889336, 3889336, however, large cynodonts like Trucidocynodon and traversodontids still occupied large sized carnivorous and herbivorous niches respectively. By the Jurassic, the dinosaurs had come to dominate the large terrestrial herbivore niches as well.JOURNAL, MacLeod, N, Rawson, P. F., Forey, P. L., Banner, F. T., Boudagher-Fadel, M. K., Bown, P. R., Burnett, J. A., Chambers, P., Culver, S., Evans, S. E., Jeffery, C., Kaminski, M. A., Lord, A. R., Milner, A. C., Milner, A. R., Morris, N., Owen, E., Rosen, B. R., Smith, A. B., Taylor, P. D., Urquhart, E., Young, J. R., The Cretaceous–Tertiary biotic transition, 1997, Journal of the Geological Society, 154, 2, 265–292, 10.1144/gsjgs.154.2.0265, 1997JGSoc.154..265M, The first mammals (in Kemp's sense) appeared in the Late Triassic epoch (about 225 million years ago), 40 million years after the first therapsids. They expanded out of their nocturnal insectivore niche from the mid-Jurassic onwards;BOOK, {{Google books, yes, APWwBAAAQBAJ, 73, |first1=David M.|last1=Hunt|first2=Mark W.|last2=Hankins|first3=Shaun P.|last3=Collin|first4=N. J.|last4=Marshall|title=Evolution of Visual and Non-visual Pigments|location=London|publisher=Springer|page=73|isbn=978-1-4614-4354-4|oclc=892735337}} The Jurassic Castorocauda, for example, was a close relative of true mammals that had adaptations for swimming, digging and catching fish.WEB,weblink Nicholas, Bakalar, 2006, Jurassic "Beaver" Found; Rewrites History of Mammals, 28 May 2016, National Geographic News, Most, if not all, are thought to have remained nocturnal (the nocturnal bottleneck), accounting for much of the typical mammalian traits.JOURNAL, Hall, M. I., Kamilar, J. M., Kirk, E. C., Eye shape and the nocturnal bottleneck of mammals, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 24 October 2012, 279, 1749, 4962–4968, 10.1098/rspb.2012.2258, 23097513, 3497252, The majority of the mammal species that existed in the Mesozoic Era were multituberculates, eutriconodonts and spalacotheriids.JOURNAL, Luo, Zhe-Xi, 2007, Transformation and diversification in early mammal evolution, Nature, 450, 7172, 1011–1119, 10.1038/nature06277, 18075580, 2007Natur.450.1011L, The earliest known metatherian is Sinodelphys, found in 125 million-year-old Early Cretaceous shale in China's northeastern Liaoning Province. The fossil is nearly complete and includes tufts of fur and imprints of soft tissues.WEB,weblink John, Pickrell, 2003, Oldest Marsupial Fossil Found in China, National Geographic News, 28 May 2016, File:Juramaia NT.jpg|thumb|Restoration of Juramaia sinensis, the oldest known EutheriaEutheriaThe oldest known fossil among the Eutheria ("true beasts") is the small shrewlike Juramaia sinensis, or "Jurassic mother from China", dated to 160 million years ago in the late Jurassic.JOURNAL, Luo, Zhe-Xi, Yuan, Chong-Xi, Meng, Qing-Jin, Ji, Qiang, 2011, A Jurassic eutherian mammal and divergence of marsupials and placentals, Nature, 476, 7361, 442–445, 10.1038/nature10291, 2011Natur.476..442L, 21866158, A later eutherian relative, Eomaia, dated to 125 million years ago in the early Cretaceous, possessed some features in common with the marsupials but not with the placentals, evidence that these features were present in the last common ancestor of the two groups but were later lost in the placental lineage.JOURNAL, Qiang, Ji, Zhe-Xi, Luo, Chong-Xi, Yuan, John R., Wible, Jian-Ping, Zhang, Justin A., Georgi, 2002, The earliest known eutherian mammal, Nature, 416, 6883, 816–822, 10.1038/416816a, 11976675, 2002Natur.416..816J, In particular, the epipubic bones extend forwards from the pelvis. These are not found in any modern placental, but they are found in marsupials, monotremes, other nontherian mammals and Ukhaatherium, an early Cretaceous animal in the eutherian order Asioryctitheria. This also applies to the multituberculates.JOURNAL, M. J. Novacek, G. W. Rougier, J. R. Wible, M. C. McKenna, D. Dashzeveg, I. Horovitz, yes, 1997, Epipubic bones in eutherian mammals from the Late Cretaceous of Mongolia, Nature, 389, 6650, 483–486, 1997Natur.389..483N, 10.1038/39020, 9333234, They are apparently an ancestral feature, which subsequently disappeared in the placental lineage. These epipubic bones seem to function by stiffening the muscles during locomotion, reducing the amount of space being presented, which placentals require to contain their fetus during gestation periods. A narrow pelvic outlet indicates that the young were very small at birth and therefore pregnancy was short, as in modern marsupials. This suggests that the placenta was a later development.BOOK, {{Google books, yes, G1exWxU3QHIC, 68, |first=Michael L.|last=Power|first2=Jay|last2=Schulkin|year=2012|title=Evolution of the Human Placenta|publisher=Johns Hopkins University Press|location=Baltimore| isbn=978-1-4214-0643-5|page=68|chapter=Evolution of Live Birth in Mammals}}One of the earliest known monotremes was Teinolophos, which lived about 120 million years ago in Australia.JOURNAL, Timothy, Rowe, Thomas H., Rich, Patricia, Vickers-Rich, Mark, Springer, Michael O., Woodburne, 2007, The oldest platypus and its bearing on divergence timing of the platypus and echidna clades, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105, 4, 1238–1242, 10.1073/pnas.0706385105, 18216270, 2234122, 2008PNAS..105.1238R, Monotremes have some features which may be inherited from the original amniotes such as the same orifice to urinate, defecate and reproduce (cloaca)—as lizards and birds also do—BOOK, {{Google books, yes, FASJWgDhxIsC, 55, |first=Tom|last=Grant|year=1995|title=The Platypus: A Unique Mammal|chapter=Reproduction|publisher=University of New South Wales|location= Sydney|page=55|isbn=978-0-86840-143-0|oclc=33842474}} and they lay eggs which are leathery and uncalcified.JOURNAL, Armond S., Goldman, 2012, Evolution of Immune Functions of the Mammary Gland and Protection of the Infant, Breastfeeding Medicine, 7, 3, 132–142, 10.1089/bfm.2012.0025, 22577734,

Earliest appearances of features

Hadrocodium, whose fossils date from approximately 195 million years ago, in the early Jurassic, provides the first clear evidence of a jaw joint formed solely by the squamosal and dentary bones; there is no space in the jaw for the articular, a bone involved in the jaws of all early synapsids.BOOK, {{Google books, yes, lyGqD_GWQ7oC&, 82, |first=Kenneth D.|last=Rose|year=2006|title=The Beginning of the Age of Mammals|location=Baltimore|publisher=Johns Hopkins University Press|pages=82–83|isbn=978-0-8018-8472-6|oclc=646769601}}File:Thrinaxodon Lionhinus.jpg|left|thumb|Fossil of Thrinaxodon at the National Museum of Natural HistoryNational Museum of Natural HistoryThe earliest clear evidence of hair or fur is in fossils of Castorocauda and Megaconus, from 164 million years ago in the mid-Jurassic. In the 1950s, it was suggested that the foramina (passages) in the maxillae and premaxillae (bones in the front of the upper jaw) of cynodonts were channels which supplied blood vessels and nerves to vibrissae (whiskers) and so were evidence of hair or fur;JOURNAL, Brink, A.S., A study on the skeleton of Diademodon, Palaeontologia Africana, 3, 3–39, 1955, BOOK, Kemp, T.S., Mammal-like reptiles and the origin of mammals, Academic Press, 1982, London, 363, 978-0-12-404120-2, 8613180, it was soon pointed out, however, that foramina do not necessarily show that an animal had vibrissae, as the modern lizard Tupinambis has foramina that are almost identical to those found in the nonmammalian cynodont Thrinaxodon.BOOK, Bennett, A. F., Ruben, J. A., 1986, The metabolic and thermoregulatory status of therapsids, 207–218, N., Hotton III, P. D., MacLean, J. J., Roth, E. C., Roth, The ecology and biology of mammal-like reptiles, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, 978-0-87474-524-5, JOURNAL, Estes, R., Cranial anatomy of the cynodont reptile Thrinaxodon liorhinus, Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, 165–180, 1961, 1253, Popular sources, nevertheless, continue to attribute whiskers to Thrinaxodon.WEB,weblink Thrinaxodon: The Emerging Mammal, February 11, 2009, National Geographic Daily News, August 26, 2012, Studies on Permian coprolites suggest that non-mammalian synapsids of the epoch already had fur, setting the evolution of hairs possibly as far back as dicynodonts.JOURNAL, Microbiota and food residues including possible evidence of pre-mammalian hair in Upper Permian coprolites from Russia, Piotr, Bajdek, Martin, Qvarnström, Krzysztof, Owocki, Tomasz, Sulej, Andrey G., Sennikov, Valeriy K., Golubev, Grzegorz, Niedźwiedzki, 2015, Lethaia, 49, 4, 455–477, 10.1111/let.12156, When endothermy first appeared in the evolution of mammals is uncertain, though it is generally agreed to have first evolved in non-mammalian therapsids.JOURNAL, Jennifer, Botha-Brink, Kenneth D., Angielczyk, Do extraordinarily high growth rates in Permo-Triassic dicynodonts (Therapsida, Anomodontia) explain their success before and after the end-Permian extinction?, 2010, 10.1111/j.1096-3642.2009.00601.x, 160, 2, 341–365, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, Modern monotremes have lower body temperatures and more variable metabolic rates than marsupials and placentals,BOOK, Paul, G.S., Predatory Dinosaurs of the World, Simon and Schuster, 1988, New York, 464, 978-0-671-61946-6, 18350868,weblink but there is evidence that some of their ancestors, perhaps including ancestors of the therians, may have had body temperatures like those of modern therians.JOURNAL, Australian Journal of Zoology, Monotreme Cell-Cycles and the Evolution of Homeothermy, J.M. Watson, J.A.M. Graves, yes, 36, 5, 573–584, 1988, 10.1071/ZO9880573, Likewise, some modern therians like afrotheres and xenarthrans have secondarily developed lower body temperatures.JOURNAL, McNab, Brian K., 1980, Energetics and the limits to the temperate distribution in armadillos, Journal of Mammalogy (American Society of Mammalogists), 61, 4, 606–627, 10.2307/1380307, 1380307, The evolution of erect limbs in mammals is incomplete—living and fossil monotremes have sprawling limbs. The parasagittal (nonsprawling) limb posture appeared sometime in the late Jurassic or early Cretaceous; it is found in the eutherian Eomaia and the metatherian Sinodelphys, both dated to 125 million years ago.JOURNAL, Kielan−Jaworowska, Z., Hurum, J.H.., Limb posture in early mammals: Sprawling or parasagittal, Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 51, 3, 10237–10239, 2006,weblink Epipubic bones, a feature that strongly influenced the reproduction of most mammal clades, are first found in Tritylodontidae, suggesting that it is a synapomorphy between them and mammaliformes. They are omnipresent in non-placental mammaliformes, though Megazostrodon and Erythrotherium appear to have lacked them.BOOK, Jason A., Lillegraven, Zofia, Kielan-Jaworowska, William A., Clemens, Mesozoic Mammals: The First Two-Thirds of Mammalian History, University of California Press, 1979, 321, 978-0-520-03951-3, 5910695, It has been suggested that the original function of lactation (milk production) was to keep eggs moist. Much of the argument is based on monotremes, the egg-laying mammals.JOURNAL, Oftedal, O.T., The mammary gland and its origin during synapsid evolution, Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia, 7, 3, 225–252, 2002, 10.1023/A:1022896515287, 12751889, JOURNAL, Oftedal, O.T., The origin of lactation as a water source for parchment-shelled eggs, Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia, 7, 3, 253–266, 2002, 12751890, 10.1023/A:1022848632125,

Rise of the mammals

Therian mammals took over the medium- to large-sized ecological niches in the Cenozoic, after the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event approximately 66 million years ago emptied ecological space once filled by non-avian dinosaurs and other groups of reptiles, as well as various other mammal groups,JOURNAL,weblink Sahney, S., Benton, M.J. and Ferry, P.A., 2010, Links between global taxonomic diversity, ecological diversity and the expansion of vertebrates on land, Biology Letters, 10.1098/rsbl.2009.1024, 6, 544–547, PDF, 4, 20106856, 2936204, 2011-02-10,weblink" title="">weblink 2015-11-06, dead, and underwent an exponential increase in body size (megafauna).JOURNAL, Smith, F. A., Boyer, A. G., Brown, J. H., Costa, D. P., Dayan, T., Ernest, S. K. M., Evans, A. R., Fortelius, M., Gittleman, J. L., Hamilton, M. J., Harding, L. E., Lintulaakso, K., Lyons, S. K., McCain, C., Okie, J. G., Saarinen, J. J., Sibly, R. M., Stephens, P. R., Theodor, J., Uhen, M. D., The Evolution of Maximum Body Size of Terrestrial Mammals, Science, 330, 6008, 1216–1219, 2010,weblink 10.1126/science.1194830, 21109666, 2010Sci...330.1216S,, Then mammals diversified very quickly; both birds and mammals show an exponential rise in diversity. For example, the earliest known bat dates from about 50 million years ago, only 16 million years after the extinction of the dinosaurs.JOURNAL,weblink Nancy B., Simmons, Kevin L., Seymour, Jörg, Habersetzer, Gregg F., Gunnell, 2007, Primitive Early Eocene bat from Wyoming and the evolution of flight and echolocation, Nature, 451, 7180, 818–821, 10.1038/nature06549, 18270539, 2008Natur.451..818S, Molecular phylogenetic studies initially suggested that most placental orders diverged about 100 to 85 million years ago and that modern families appeared in the period from the late Eocene through the Miocene.JOURNAL, Bininda-Emonds, O.R.P., Cardillo, M., Jones, K.E., MacPhee, The delayed rise of present-day mammals, Nature, 7135, 507–511, 2007, 17392779,weblink 10.1038/nature05634, 446, Ross D. E., Beck, Robin M. D., Grenyer, Richard, Price, Samantha A., Vos, Rutger A., Gittleman, John L., Purvis, Andy, 2007Natur.446..507B, 3, However, no placental fossils have been found from before the end of the Cretaceous. The earliest undisputed fossils of placentals comes from the early Paleocene, after the extinction of the dinosaurs.JOURNAL, Wible, J. R., Rogier, G. W., Novacek, M. J., Asher, R. J., 2007, Cretaceous eutherians and Laurasian origin for placental mammals near the K/T boundary, Nature, 447, 7147, 1003–1006, 10.1038/nature05854, 17581585, 2007Natur.447.1003W, In particular, scientists have identified an early Paleocene animal named Protungulatum donnae as one of the first placental mammals.JOURNAL, O'Leary, Maureen A., Bloch, Jonathan I., Flynn, John J., Gaudin, Timothy J., Giallombardo, Andres, Giannini, Norberto P., Goldberg, Suzann L., Kraatz, Brian P., Luo, Zhe-Xi, Meng, Jin, Novacek, Michael J., Perini, Fernando A., Randall, Zachary S., Rougier, Guillermo, Sargis, Eric J., Silcox, Mary T., Simmons, Nancy b., Spaulding, Micelle, Velazco, Paul M., Weksler, Marcelo, Wible, John r., Cirranello, Andrea L., Cirranello, Andrea L., The Placental Mammal Ancestor and the Post–K-Pg Radiation of Placentals,weblink 8 February 2013, Science (journal), Science, 339, 6120, 662–667, 10.1126/science.1229237, 9 February 2013, 2013Sci...339..662O, 23393258, however it has been reclassified as a non-placental eutherian.JOURNAL, Thomas J. D., Halliday, Paul, Upchurch, Anjali, Goswami, 2015, Resolving the relationships of Paleocene placental mammals, Biological Reviews, 92, 1, 521–550, 10.1111/brv.12242, 28075073, Recalibrations of genetic and morphological diversity rates have suggested a Late Cretaceous origin for placentals, and a Paleocene origin for most modern clades.JOURNAL,weblink Thomas John Dixon, Halliday, Paul, Upchurch, Anjali, Goswami, 2016, Eutherians experienced elevated evolutionary rates in the immediate aftermath of the Cretaceous–Palaeogene mass extinction, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 283, 1833, 10.1098/rspb.2015.3026, 20153026, 27358361, 4936024, The earliest known ancestor of primates is Archicebus achillesJOURNAL, Ni, Xijun, Gebo, Daniel L., Dagosto, Marian, Meng, Jin, Tafforeau, Paul, Flynn, John J., Beard, K. Christopher, The oldest known primate skeleton and early haplorhine evolution, 6 June 2013, 498, 60–64, 10.1038/nature12200, Nature, 2013Natur.498...60N, 7452, 23739424, from around 55 million years ago. This tiny primate weighed 20–30 grams (0.7–1.1 ounce) and could fit within a human palm.{{anchor|Anatomy and morphology}}


Distinguishing features

Living mammal species can be identified by the presence of sweat glands, including those that are specialized to produce milk to nourish their young.BOOK, Romer, Sherwood A., Parsons, Thomas S., 1977, The Vertebrate Body, Philadelphia, Holt-Saunders International, 129–145, 978-0-03-910284-5, 60007175, In classifying fossils, however, other features must be used, since soft tissue glands and many other features are not visible in fossils.BOOK, {{Google books, yes, kS-h84pMJw4C, 593, |first1=William K.|last1=Purves|first2=David E.|last2=Sadava|first3=Gordon H.|last3=Orians|first4=H. C.|last4=Helle|year=2001|title=Life: The Science of Biology|location=New York|edition=6|publisher=Sinauer Associates, Inc.|page=593|isbn=978-0-7167-3873-2|oclc=874883911}}Many traits shared by all living mammals appeared among the earliest members of the group:
  • Jaw joint – The dentary (the lower jaw bone, which carries the teeth) and the squamosal (a small cranial bone) meet to form the joint. In most gnathostomes, including early therapsids, the joint consists of the articular (a small bone at the back of the lower jaw) and quadrate (a small bone at the back of the upper jaw).
  • Middle ear – In crown-group mammals, sound is carried from the eardrum by a chain of three bones, the malleus, the incus and the stapes. Ancestrally, the malleus and the incus are derived from the articular and the quadrate bones that constituted the jaw joint of early therapsids.JOURNAL, 3552421, Neal, Anthwal, Leena, Joshi, Abigail S., Tucker, 2012, Evolution of the mammalian middle ear and jaw: adaptations and novel structures, Journal of Anatomy, 222, 1, 147–160, 10.1111/j.1469-7580.2012.01526.x, 22686855,
  • Tooth replacement – Teeth are replaced once or (as in toothed whales and murid rodents) not at all, rather than being replaced continually throughout life.JOURNAL, van Nievelt, Alexander F. H., Smith, Kathleen K., 2005, To replace or not to replace: the significance of reduced functional tooth replacement in marsupial and placental mammals, Paleobiology, 31, 2, 324–346, 10.1666/0094-8373(2005)031[0324:trontr];2,
  • Prismatic enamel – The enamel coating on the surface of a tooth consists of prisms, solid, rod-like structures extending from the dentin to the tooth's surface.JOURNAL, Fangyuan, Mao, Yuanqing, Wang, Jin, Meng, 2015, A Systematic Study on Tooth Enamel Microstructures of Lambdopsalis bulla (Multituberculate, Mammalia) – Implications for Multituberculate Biology and Phylogeny, PLOS ONE, 4447277, 10, 5, 10.1371/journal.pone.0128243, 26020958, e0128243,
  • Occipital condyles – Two knobs at the base of the skull fit into the topmost neck vertebra; most other tetrapods, in contrast, have only one such knob.JOURNAL, 2453526, Henry F., Osborn, 1900, Origin of the Mammalia, III. Occipital Condyles of Reptilian Tripartite Type, The American Naturalist, 34, 408, 943–947, 10.1086/277821,
For the most part, these characteristics were not present in the Triassic ancestors of the mammals.JOURNAL, A. W., Crompton, F. A., Jenkins, Jr., 1973, Mammals from Reptiles: A Review of Mammalian Origins, Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 1, 131–155, 10.1146/annurev.ea.01.050173.001023, 1973AREPS...1..131C, Nearly all mammaliaforms possess an epipubic bone, the exception being modern placentals.

Biological systems

(File:Lung expansion simulation with Raccoon.gif|thumb|left|Raccoon lungs being inflated manually)The majority of mammals have seven cervical vertebrae (bones in the neck), including bats, giraffes, whales and humans. The exceptions are the manatee and the two-toed sloth, which have just six, and the three-toed sloth which has nine cervical vertebrae.BOOK, {{Google books, yes, FIIgDk9i_GkC, 154, |last1=Dierauf |first1=Leslie A. |last2=Gulland |first2=Frances M. D. |title=CRC Handbook of Marine Mammal Medicine: Health, Disease, and Rehabilitation|location=Boca Raton|edition=2|publisher=CRC Press |year= 2001|page=154 |isbn=978-1-4200-4163-7|oclc=166505919}} All mammalian brains possess a neocortex, a brain region unique to mammals.JOURNAL, Lui, J. H., Hansen, D. V., Kriegstein, A. R., 10.1016/j.cell.2011.06.030, Development and Evolution of the Human Neocortex, Cell, 146, 1, 18–36, 2011, 21729779, 3610574, Placental mammals have a corpus callosum, unlike monotremes and marsupials.JOURNAL, 1933PNAS...19..609K, 86284, Absence of the Corpus callosum as a Mendelizing Character in the House Mouse, Keeler, Clyde E., 19, 1933, 609–611, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 10.1073/pnas.19.6.609, 16587795, 6, 1086100, The lungs of mammals are spongy and honeycombed. Breathing is mainly achieved with the diaphragm, which divides the thorax from the abdominal cavity, forming a dome convex to the thorax. Contraction of the diaphragm flattens the dome, increasing the volume of the lung cavity. Air enters through the oral and nasal cavities, and travels through the larynx, trachea and bronchi, and expands the alveoli. Relaxing the diaphragm has the opposite effect, decreasing the volume of the lung cavity, causing air to be pushed out of the lungs. During exercise, the abdominal wall contracts, increasing pressure on the diaphragm, which forces air out quicker and more forcefully. The rib cage is able to expand and contract the chest cavity through the action of other respiratory muscles. Consequently, air is sucked into or expelled out of the lungs, always moving down its pressure gradient.BOOK, Levitzky, Michael G., Pulmonary physiology, 2013, McGraw-Hill Medical, New York, 978-0-07-179313-1, Mechanics of Breathing, 8, 940633137, This type of lung is known as a bellows lung due to its resemblance to blacksmith bellows.BOOK, {{Google books, yes, DoC48j2-LnkC, 12, |location=New Delhi|first=Kumar B.|last=Umesh|year=2011|edition=1|title=Handbook of Mechanical Ventilation|chapter=Pulmonary Anatomy and Physiology|publisher=Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishing |page=12|isbn=978-93-80704-74-6|oclc=945076700}}The mammalian heart has four chambers, two upper atria, the receiving chambers, and two lower ventricles, the discharging chambers.BOOK, Susan, Standring, Neil R., Borley, 2008, Gray's anatomy: the anatomical basis of clinical practice, 40, London, Churchill Livingstone, 960–962, 978-0-8089-2371-8, 213447727, The heart has four valves, which separate its chambers and ensures blood flows in the correct direction through the heart (preventing backflow). After gas exchange in the pulmonary capillaries (blood vessels in the lungs), oxygen-rich blood returns to the left atrium via one of the four pulmonary veins. Blood flows nearly continuously back into the atrium, which acts as the receiving chamber, and from here through an opening into the left ventricle. Most blood flows passively into the heart while both the atria and ventricles are relaxed, but toward the end of the ventricular relaxation period, the left atrium will contract, pumping blood into the ventricle. The heart also requires nutrients and oxygen found in blood like other muscles, and is supplied via coronary arteries.BOOK, Betts, J. Gordon, Peter, Desaix, Eddie, Johnson, Jody E., Johnson, Oksana, Korol, Dean, Kruse, Brandon, Poe, James A., Wise, Mark, Womble, Kelly A., Young, Anatomy & physiology, 2013, 978-1-938168-13-0, 898069394,weblink Houston, Rice University Press, 787–846, {{multiple image|align=center|footer=Didactic models of a mammalian heart|footer_align=center
width1=100width2=100width3=200width4=200}}The integumentary system is made up of three layers: the outermost epidermis, the dermis and the hypodermis. The epidermis is typically 10 to 30 cells thick; its main function is to provide a waterproof layer. Its outermost cells are constantly lost; its bottommost cells are constantly dividing and pushing upward. The middle layer, the dermis, is 15 to 40 times thicker than the epidermis. The dermis is made up of many components, such as bony structures and blood vessels. The hypodermis is made up of adipose tissue, which stores lipids and provides cushioning and insulation. The thickness of this layer varies widely from species to species;{{rp|97}} marine mammals require a thick hypodermis (blubber) for insulation, and right whales have the thickest blubber at {{convert|20|in|cm}}.BOOK, Tinker, Spencer W., Whales of the World, 1988, Brill Archive, 978-0-935848-47-2, 51, {{Google books, yes, ASIVAAAAIAAJ, 51, }} Although other animals have features such as whiskers, feathers, setae, or cilia that superficially resemble it, no animals other than mammals have hair. It is a definitive characteristic of the class. Though some mammals have very little, careful examination reveals the characteristic, often in obscure parts of their bodies.BOOK, {{Google books, yes, udCnKce9hfoC, 97, |first1=George A.|last1=Feldhamer|first2=Lee C.|last2=Drickamer|first3=Stephen H.|last3=Vessey|first4=Joseph H.|last4=Merritt|first5=Carey|last5=Krajewski |year=2007|title=Mammalogy: Adaptation, Diversity, Ecology|edition=3|location=Baltimore|publisher=Johns Hopkins University Press|isbn=978-0-8018-8695-9|oclc=124031907}}{{rp|61}}{{Multiple image|align=left|image1=Aardwolfskull.jpg|image2=Canis lupus 02 MWNH 358.jpg|footer=The carnassials (teeth in the very back of the mouth) of the insectivorous aardwolf (left) vs. that of a gray wolf (right) which consumes large vertebrates}}Herbivores have developed a diverse range of physical structures to facilitate the consumption of plant material. To break up intact plant tissues, mammals have developed teeth structures that reflect their feeding preferences. For instance, frugivores (animals that feed primarily on fruit) and herbivores that feed on soft foliage have low-crowned teeth specialized for grinding foliage and seeds. Grazing animals that tend to eat hard, silica-rich grasses, have high-crowned teeth, which are capable of grinding tough plant tissues and do not wear down as quickly as low-crowned teeth.BOOK, Romer, A. S., 1959, The vertebrate story, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 978-0-226-72490-4, 4, Most carnivorous mammals have carnassialiforme teeth (of varying length depending on diet), long canines and similar tooth replacement patterns.JOURNAL, Christian, de Muizon, Brigitte, Lange-Badré, 1997, Carnivorous dental adaptations in tribosphenic mammals and phylogenetic reconstruction, Lethaia, 30, 4, 353–366, 10.1111/j.1502-3931.1997.tb00481.x, The stomach of Artiodactyls is divided into four sections: the rumen, the reticulum, the omasum and the abomasum (only ruminants have a rumen). After the plant material is consumed, it is mixed with saliva in the rumen and reticulum and separates into solid and liquid material. The solids lump together to form a bolus (or cud), and is regurgitated. When the bolus enters the mouth, the fluid is squeezed out with the tongue and swallowed again. Ingested food passes to the rumen and reticulum where cellulytic microbes (bacteria, protozoa and fungi) produce cellulase, which is needed to break down the cellulose in plants.JOURNAL, Peter, Langer, 1984, Comparative Anatomy of the Stomach in Mammalian Herbivores, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Physiology, 69, 3, 615–625, 6473699, 10.1113/expphysiol.1984.sp002848, Perissodactyls, in contrast to the ruminants, store digested food that has left the stomach in an enlarged cecum, where it is fermented by bacteria.BOOK, {{Google books, yes, Mqv4Lo1vpk4C, 322, |first=Terry A.|last=Vaughan |first2=James M.|last2=Ryan|first3=Nicholas J. |last3= Czaplewski |title=Mammalogy |edition=5 |publisher=Jones and Bartlett |year=2011 |page=322 |isbn=978-0-7637-6299-5 |chapter=Perissodactyla |oclc=437300511}} Carnivora have a simple stomach adapted to digest primarily meat, as compared to the elaborate digestive systems of herbivorous animals, which are necessary to break down tough, complex plant fibers. The caecum is either absent or short and simple, and the large intestine is not sacculated or much wider than the small intestine.BOOK, {{Google books, yes, B3crAAAAYAAJ, 496, |first=William H.|last=Flower |first2= Richard |last2=Lydekker |author2link=Richard Lydekker |year=1946 |title=An Introduction to the Study of Mammals Living and Extinct |publisher=Adam and Charles Black |location=London |page=496|isbn=978-1-110-76857-8}}(File:Glycerination of Bovine kidney.jpg|thumb|Bovine kidney)The mammalian excretory system involves many components. Like most other land animals, mammals are ureotelic, and convert ammonia into urea, which is done by the liver as part of the urea cycle.BOOK, S., Sreekumar, Basic Physiology, PHI Learning Pvt. Ltd., 2010, 180–181, 978-81-203-4107-4, {{Google books, yes, IxYR9wTeXQgC, 180, }} Bilirubin, a waste product derived from blood cells, is passed through bile and urine with the help of enzymes excreted by the liver.BOOK, Cheifetz, Adam S., Oxford American Handbook of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 2010, Oxford University Press, US, Oxford, 978-0-19-983012-1, 165, The passing of bilirubin via bile through the intestinal tract gives mammalian feces a distinctive brown coloration.BOOK, Kuntz, Erwin, Hepatology: Textbook and Atlas, 2008, Springer, Germany, 978-3-540-76838-8, 38, Distinctive features of the mammalian kidney include the presence of the renal pelvis and renal pyramids, and of a clearly distinguishable cortex and medulla, which is due to the presence of elongated loops of Henle. Only the mammalian kidney has a bean shape, although there are some exceptions, such as the multilobed reniculate kidneys of pinnipeds, cetaceans and bears.JOURNAL, Ortiz, Rudy M., Osmoregulation in Marine Mammals, 2001, Journal of Experimental Biology, 204, 11, 1831–1844, 11441026,weblink Most adult placental mammals have no remaining trace of the cloaca. In the embryo, the embryonic cloaca divides into a posterior region that becomes part of the anus, and an anterior region that has different fates depending on the sex of the individual: in females, it develops into the vestibule that receives the urethra and vagina, while in males it forms the entirety of the penile urethra. However, the tenrecs, golden moles, and some shrews retain a cloaca as adults.Biological Reviews – Cambridge Journals In marsupials, the genital tract is separate from the anus, but a trace of the original cloaca does remain externally.BOOK, Roman, Alfred Sherwood, Parsons, Thomas S., 1977, The Vertebrate Body, Holt-Saunders International, Philadelphia, 396–399, 978-0-03-910284-5, Monotremes, which translates from Greek into "single hole", have a true cloaca.BOOK, {{Google books, yes, wojUDAAAQBAJ, 281, |first=R.|last=Dawkins|first2=Y. |last2=Wong|year=2016|title=The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution|edition=2nd|publisher=Mariner Books|location=Boston|page=281|isbn=978-0-544-85993-7}}

Sound production

(File:Animal echolocation.svg|thumb|upright=1.35|A diagram of ultrasonic signals emitted by a bat, and the echo from a nearby object)As in all other tetrapods, mammals have a larynx that can quickly open and close to produce sounds, and a supralaryngeal vocal tract which filters this sound. The lungs and surrounding musculature provide the air stream and pressure required to phonate. The larynx controls the pitch and volume of sound, but the strength the lungs exert to exhale also contributes to volume. More primitive mammals, such as the echidna, can only hiss, as sound is achieved solely through exhaling through a partially closed larynx. Other mammals phonate using vocal folds, as opposed to the vocal cords seen in birds and reptiles. The movement or tenseness of the vocal folds can result in many sounds such as purring and screaming. Mammals can change the position of the larynx, allowing them to breathe through the nose while swallowing through the mouth, and to form both oral and nasal sounds; nasal sounds, such as a dog whine, are generally soft sounds, and oral sounds, such as a dog bark, are generally loud.File:Beluga_vocalizations.ogg|left|thumb|Beluga whaleBeluga whaleSome mammals have a large larynx and thus a low-pitched voice, namely the hammer-headed bat (Hypsignathus monstrosus) where the larynx can take up the entirety of the thoracic cavity while pushing the lungs, heart, and trachea into the abdomen.JOURNAL, Paul, Langevin, Robert M. R., Barclay, 1990, Hypsignathus monstrosus, Mammalian Species, 357, 357, 1–4, 10.2307/3504110, 3504110, Large vocal pads can also lower the pitch, as in the low-pitched roars of big cats.JOURNAL, Weissengruber, G. E., G., Forstenpointner, G., Peters, A., Kübber-Heiss, W. T., Fitch, Hyoid apparatus and pharynx in the lion (Panthera leo), jaguar (Panthera onca), tiger (Panthera tigris), cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), liger (Panthera leo × Panthera tigris), Tigon (Panthera tigris x Panthera leo) and the domestic cat. (Felis silvestris f. catus), Journal of Anatomy, 195–209, 201, 3, 2002, 10.1046/j.1469-7580.2002.00088.x, 1570911, 12363272, The production of infrasound is possible in some mammals such as the African elephant (Loxodonta spp.) and baleen whales.JOURNAL, Angela S., Stoeger, Gunnar, Heilmann, Matthias, Zeppelzauer, André, Ganswindt, Sean, Hensman, Benjamin D., Charlton, 2012, Visualizing Sound Emission of Elephant Vocalizations: Evidence for Two Rumble Production Types, PLOS ONE, 7, 11, 10.1371/journal.pone.0048907, 3498347, 23155427, e48907, 2012PLoSO...748907S, JOURNAL, C. W., Clark, 2004, Baleen whale infrasonic sounds: Natural variability and function, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 115, 5, 10.1121/1.4783845, 2554, 2004ASAJ..115.2554C, Small mammals with small larynxes have the ability to produce ultrasound, which can be detected by modifications to the middle ear and cochlea. Ultrasound is inaudible to birds and reptiles, which might have been important during the Mesozoic, when birds and reptiles were the dominant predators. This private channel is used by some rodents in, for example, mother-to-pup communication, and by bats when echolocating. Toothed whales also use echolocation, but, as opposed to the vocal membrane that extends upward from the vocal folds, they have a melon to manipulate sounds. Some mammals, namely the primates, have air sacs attached to the larynx, which may function to lower the resonances or increase the volume of sound.BOOK,weblink W. T., Fitch, Production of Vocalizations in Mammals, 2006, Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, K., Brown, Elsevier, Oxford, 115–121, The vocal production system is controlled by the cranial nerve nuclei in the brain, and supplied by the recurrent laryngeal nerve and the superior laryngeal nerve, branches of the vagus nerve. The vocal tract is supplied by the hypoglossal nerve and facial nerves. Electrical stimulation of the periaqueductal gray (PEG) region of the mammalian midbrain elicit vocalizations. The ability to learn new vocalizations is only exemplified in humans, seals, cetaceans, elephants and possibly bats; in humans, this is the result of a direct connection between the motor cortex, which controls movement, and the motor neurons in the spinal cord.


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The primary function of the fur of mammals is thermoregulation. Others include protection, sensory purposes, waterproofing, and camouflage.JOURNAL, Dawson, T. J., Webster, K. N., Maloney, S. K., 2014, The fur of mammals in exposed environments; do crypsis and thermal needs necessarily conflict? The polar bear and marsupial koala compared, Journal of Comparative Physiology B, 184, 2, 273–284, 10.1007/s00360-013-0794-8, 24366474,


  • Definitive – which may be shed after reaching a certain length.
  • Vibrissae – sensory hairs, most commonly whiskers.
  • Elage – guard hairs, under-fur, and awn hair.
  • Spines – stiff guard hair used for defense (Example: porcupines).
  • Bristles – long hairs usually used in visual signals. (Example: lion mane).
  • Velli – often called "down fur" which insulates newborn mammals.
  • Wool – long, soft and often curly.{{rp|99}}


Hair length is not a factor in thermoregulation: for example, some tropical mammals such as sloths have the same length of fur length as some arctic mammals but with less insulation; and, conversely, other tropical mammals with short hair have the same insulating value as arctic mammals. The denseness of fur can increase an animal's insulation value, and arctic mammals especially have dense fur; for example, the musk ox has guard hairs measuring {{convert|30|cm|in|abbr=on}} as well as a dense underfur, which forms an airtight coat, allowing them to survive in temperatures of {{convert|-40|C|F}}.{{rp|162–163}} Some desert mammals, such as camels, use dense fur to prevent solar heat from reaching their skin, allowing the animal to stay cool; a camel's fur may reach {{convert|70|C|F}} in the summer, but the skin stays at {{convert|40|C|F}}.{{rp|188}} Aquatic mammals, conversely, trap air in their fur to conserve heat by keeping the skin dry.{{rp|162–163}}File:Great male Leopard in South Afrika-JD.JPG|thumb|A leopard's disruptively colored coat provides camouflage for this ambush predatorambush predator


Mammalian coats are colored for a variety of reasons, the major selective pressures including camouflage, sexual selection, communication, and thermoregulation.Coloration in both the hair and skin of mammals is mainly determined by the type and amount of melanin; eumelanins for brown and black colors and pheomelanin for a range of yellow to reddish-brown colors, giving mammals an earth tone.JOURNAL, Slominski, A.; Tobin D. J.; Shibahara, S.; Wortsman, J., 2004, Melanin pigmentation in mammalian skin and its hormonal regulation, Physiological Reviews, 84, 4, 1155–1228, 10.1152/physrev.00044.2003, JOURNAL,weblink South Carolina Wildlife, Hilton Pond Center, Animal Colors, 1996, 26 November 2011, Hilton Jr., B., 10–15, 43, 4, Some mammals, like the mandrill, have more vibrant colors due to structural coloration. Many sloths appear green because their fur hosts green algae; this may be a symbiotic relation that affords camouflage to the sloths.JOURNAL,weblink Milla, Suutari, Markus, Majaneva, David P., Fewer, Bryson, Voirin, Annette, Aiello, Thomas, Friedl, Adriano G., Chiarello, Jaanika, Blomster, 2010, Molecular evidence for a diverse green algal community growing in the hair of sloths and a specific association with Trichophilus welckeri (Chlorophyta, Ulvophyceae), Evolutionary Biology, 10, 86, 86, 10.1186/1471-2148-10-86, 20353556, 2858742, Camouflage is a powerful influence in a large number of mammals, as it helps to conceal individuals from predators or prey.JOURNAL, Caro, Tim, 2005, The Adaptive Significance of Coloration in Mammals, BioScience, 55, 2, 125–136,weblink 10.1641/0006-3568(2005)055[0125:tasoci];2, In arctic and subarctic mammals such as the arctic fox (Alopex lagopus), collared lemming (Dicrostonyx groenlandicus), stoat (Mustela erminea), and snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus), seasonal color change between brown in summer and white in winter is driven largely by camouflage.JOURNAL, Mills, L. Scott, Zimova, Marketa, Oyler, Jared, Running, Steven, Abatzoglou, John T., Lukacs, Paul M., Camouflage mismatch in seasonal coat color due to decreased snow duration, PNAS, April 2013, 110, 8, 7360–7365, 3645584, 23589881, 10.1073/pnas.1222724110, 2013PNAS..110.7360M, Some arboreal mammals, notably primates and marsupials, have shades of violet, green, or blue skin on parts of their bodies, indicating some distinct advantage in their largely arboreal habitat due to convergent evolution.JOURNAL, Prum, Richard O., Torres, Rodolfo H., 2004, Structural colouration of mammalian skin: convergent evolution of coherently scattering dermal collagen arrays, Journal of Experimental Biology, 207, 2157–2172, 10.1242/jeb.00989,weblink 12, Aposematism, warning off possible predators, is the most likely explanation of the black-and-white pelage of many mammals which are able to defend themselves, such as in the foul-smelling skunk and the powerful and aggressive honey badger.JOURNAL, Caro, Tim, Contrasting coloration in terrestrial mammals, Philos Trans Royal Soc B, February 2009, 364, 1516, 537–548, 10.1098/rstb.2008.0221, 2674080, 18990666, Coat color is sometimes sexually dimorphic, as in many primate species.JOURNAL, J. M., Plavcan, 2001, Sexual dimorphism in primate evolution, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 116, 33, 25–53, 10.1002/ajpa.10011, 11786990, Differences in female and male coat color may indicate nutrition and hormone levels, important in mate selection.JOURNAL, Bradley, etal, Brenda, 2012, Coat Color Variation and Pigmentation Gene Expression in Rhesus Macaques (Macaca Mulatta), Journal of Mammalian Evolution, 20, 3, 263–270, 10.1007/s10914-012-9212-3,weblink dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2015-09-24, Coat color may influence the ability to retain heat, depending on how much light is reflected. Mammals with a darker colored coat can absorb more heat from solar radiation, and stay warmer, and some smaller mammals, such as voles, have darker fur in the winter. The white, pigmentless fur of arctic mammals, such as the polar bear, may reflect more solar radiation directly onto the skin.{{rp|166–167}}

Reproductive system

File:Goat family.jpg|thumb|right|GoatGoatIn male placentals, the penis is used both for urination and copulation. Depending on the species, an erection may be fueled by blood flow into vascular, spongy tissue or by muscular action. A penis may be contained in a prepuce when not erect, and some placentals also have a penis bone (baculum).BOOK, Julian Lombardi, Comparative Vertebrate Reproduction,weblink 30 November 1998, Springer Science & Business Media, 978-0-7923-8336-9, Marsupials typically have forked penises,BOOK, Hugh Tyndale-Biscoe, Marilyn Renfree, Reproductive Physiology of Marsupials,weblink 30 January 1987, Cambridge University Press, 978-0-521-33792-2, while the echidna penis generally has four heads with only two functioning.Johnston, Steve D., et al. "One-sided ejaculation of echidna sperm bundles." The American Naturalist 170.6 (2007): E162-E164. The testes of most mammals descend into the scrotum which is typically posterior to the penis but is often anterior in marsupials. Female mammals generally have a clitoris, labia majora and labia minora on the outside, while the internal system contains paired oviducts, 1-2 uteri, 1-2 cervices and a vagina. Marsupials have two lateral vaginas and a medial vagina. The "vagina" of monotremes is better understood as a "urogenital sinus". The uterine systems of placental mammals can vary between a duplex, were there are two uteri and cervices which open into the vagina, a bipartite, were two uterine horns have a single cervix that connects to the vagina, a bicornuate, which consists where two uterine horns that are connected distally but separate medially creating a Y-shape, and a simplex, which has a single uterus.BOOK, Maxwell, Kenneth E., 2013, The Sex Imperative: An Evolutionary Tale of Sexual Survival, Springer, 112–113, 978-1-4899-5988-1,weblink BOOK, Vaughan, Terry A, etal, 2011, Mammalogy, Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 387, 978-1-4496-4437-6, {{rp|220–221, 247}}File:Dendrolagus matschiei 1.jpg|thumb|left|Matschie's tree-kangarooMatschie's tree-kangarooThe ancestral condition for mammal reproduction is the birthing of relatively undeveloped, either through direct vivipary or a short period as soft-shelled eggs. This is likely due to the fact that the torso could not expand due to the presence of epipubic bones. The oldest demonstration of this reproductive style is with Kayentatherium, which produced undeveloped perinates, but at much higher litter sizes than any modern mammal, 38 specimens.Eva A. Hoffman; Timothy B. Rowe (2018). "Jurassic stem-mammal perinates and the origin of mammalian reproduction and growth". Nature. 561 (7721): 104–108. {{doi|10.1038/s41586-018-0441-3}}. {{PMID|30158701}}. Most modern mammals are viviparous, giving birth to live young. However, the five species of monotreme, the platypus and the four species of echidna, lay eggs. The monotremes have a sex determination system different from that of most other mammals.JOURNAL, Wallis M.C., Waters P.D., Delbridge M.L., Kirby P.J., Pask A.J., Grützner F., Rens W., Ferguson-Smith M.A., Graves J.A.M., 2007, Sex determination in platypus and echidna: autosomal location of SOX3 confirms the absence of SRY from monotremes, Chromosome Research, 15, 8, 949–959, 10.1007/s10577-007-1185-3, 18185981, Waters, Delbridge, Kirby, Pask, Grützner, Rens, Ferguson-Smith, Graves, etal, In particular, the sex chromosomes of a platypus are more like those of a chicken than those of a therian mammal.JOURNAL, Marshall Graves, Jennifer A., 2008, Weird Animal Genomes and the Evolution of Vertebrate Sex and Sex Chromosomes, Annual Review of Genetics, 42, 568–586, 10.1146/annurev.genet.42.110807.091714,weblinkweblink dead, 2012-09-04, 18983263, Viviparous mammals are in the subclass Theria; those living today are in the marsupial and placental infraclasses. Marsupials have a short gestation period, typically shorter than its estrous cycle and gives birth to an undeveloped newborn that then undergoes further development; in many species, this takes place within a pouch-like sac, the marsupium, located in the front of the mother's abdomen. This is the plesiomorphic condition among viviparous mammals; the presence of epipubic bones in all non-placental mammals prevents the expansion of the torso needed for full pregnancy.BOOK, Michael L., Power, Jay, Schulkin, 2013, The Evolution Of The Human Placenta, Johns Hopkins University Press, {{Google books, yes, xfffGC3hjPoC, 1891, |pages=1890–1891|location=Baltimore|isbn=978-1-4214-0643-5|oclc=940749490}} Even non-placental eutherians probably reproduced this way.JOURNAL, Michael J., Novacek, Guillermo W., Rougier, John R., Wible, Malcolm C., McKenna, Demberelyin, Dashzeveg, Inés, Horovitz, 1997, Epipubic bones in eutherian mammals from the Late Cretaceous of Mongolia, Nature, 389, 6650, 483–486, 10.1038/39020, 9333234, 1997Natur.389..483N, The placentals give birth to relatively complete and developed young, usually after long gestation periods.BOOK, {{Google books, yes, dK-D6HMSOQIC, 6, |location=Chicago|first=Sally| last=Morgan|title=Mammals|chapter=Mammal Behavior and Lifestyle|year=2005|publisher=Raintree|page=6|isbn=978-1-4109-1050-9|oclc=53476660}} They get their name from the placenta, which connects the developing fetus to the uterine wall to allow nutrient uptake.BOOK, {{Google books, yes, 23s9DAAAQBAJ, 288, |first=P. S.|last=Verma|first2= B. P.|last2=Pandey|year=2013|title=ISC Biology Book I for Class XI|publisher=S. Chand and Company|page=288|location=New Delhi|isbn=978-81-219-2557-0}} In placental mammals, the epipubic is either completely lost or converted into the baculum; allowing the torso to be able to expand and thus birth developed offspring.The mammary glands of mammals are specialized to produce milk, the primary source of nutrition for newborns. The monotremes branched early from other mammals and do not have the nipples seen in most mammals, but they do have mammary glands. The young lick the milk from a mammary patch on the mother's belly.JOURNAL, Oftedal, O. T., 2002, The mammary gland and its origin during synapsid evolution, Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia, 7, 3, 225–252, 12751889, 10.1023/a:1022896515287, Compared to placental mammals, the milk of marsupials changes greatly in both production rate and in nutrient composition, due to the underdeveloped young. In addition, the mammary glands have more autonomy allowing them to supply separate milks to young at different development stages.BOOK, Krockenberger, Andrew, 2006, Marsupials, Lactation, Dickman, Chris R., Armati, Patricia J., Hume, Ian D., 109, 9781139457422, Lactose is the main sugar in placental mammal milk while monotreme and marsupial milk is dominated by oligosaccharides.BOOK, Schulkin, Jay, Power, Michael L., 2016, Milk: The Biology of Lactation, Johns Hopkins University Press, 66, 9781421420424, Weaning is the process in which a mammal becomes less dependent on their mother's milk and more on solid food.BOOK, Thompson, Katerina V., Baker, Andrew J., Baker, Anne M., 2010, Wild Mammals in Captivity Principles and Techniques for Zoo Management, University of Chicago Press, Paternal Care and Behavioral Development in Captive Mammals, Baer, Charlotte Kirk, Kleiman, Devra G., Thompson, Katerina V., 374, 9780226440118, 2nd,


Nearly all mammals are endothermic ("warm-blooded"). Most mammals also have hair to help keep them warm. Like birds, mammals can forage or hunt in weather and climates too cold for ectothermic ("cold-blooded") reptiles and insects. Endothermy requires plenty of food energy, so mammals eat more food per unit of body weight than most reptiles.BOOK, Campbell, Neil A., Reece, Jane B., 2002, Biology, 6, Benjamin Cummings, 845, 978-0-8053-6624-2, 47521441,weblink Small insectivorous mammals eat prodigious amounts for their size. A rare exception, the naked mole-rat produces little metabolic heat, so it is considered an operational poikilotherm.JOURNAL, Rochelle, Buffenstein, Shlomo, Yahav, 1991, Is the naked mole-rat Hererocephalus glaber an endothermic yet poikilothermic mammal?, Journal of Thermal Biology, 16, 4, 227–232, 10.1016/0306-4565(91)90030-6, Birds are also endothermic, so endothermy is not unique to mammals.BOOK, {{Google books, yes, Af7IwQWJoCMC, 218, |location=Cambridge|first1=Knut|last1=Schmidt-Nielsen|first2=James B.|last2=Duke|year=1997|title=Animal Physiology: Adaptation and Environment|chapter=Temperature Effects|edition=5|page=218|isbn=978-0-521-57098-5|oclc=35744403}}

Species lifespan

{{See also|Life expectancy|Maximum life span}}Among mammals, species maximum lifespan varies significantly (for example the shrew has a lifespan of two years, whereas the oldest bowhead whale is recorded to be 211 years).JOURNAL, Lorenzini, A., Johnson, F. B., Oliver, A., Tresini, M., Smith, J. S., Hdeib, M., Sell, C., Cristofalo, V. J., Stamato, T. D., Significant correlation of species longevity with DNA double strand break recognition but not with telomere length, Mech. Ageing Dev., 130, 11–12, 784–792, 2009, 19896964, 2799038, 10.1016/j.mad.2009.10.004, Although the underlying basis for these lifespan differences is still uncertain, numerous studies indicate that the ability to repair DNA damage is an important determinant of mammalian lifespan. In a 1974 study by Hart and Setlow,JOURNAL, Hart, R. W., Setlow, R. B., Correlation between deoxyribonucleic acid excision-repair and life-span in a number of mammalian species, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 71, 6, 2169–2173, 1974, 4526202, 388412, 10.1073/pnas.71.6.2169, 1974PNAS...71.2169H, it was found that DNA excision repair capability increased systematically with species lifespan among seven mammalian species. Species lifespan was observed to be robustly correlated with the capacity to recognize DNA double-strand breaks as well as the level of the DNA repair protein Ku80. In a study of the cells from sixteen mammalian species, genes employed in DNA repair were found to be up-regulated in the longer-lived species.JOURNAL, Ma S, Upneja A, Galecki A, Tsai YM, Burant CF, Raskind S, Zhang Q, Zhang ZD, Seluanov A, Gorbunova V, Clish CB, Miller RA, Gladyshev VN, Cell culture-based profiling across mammals reveals DNA repair and metabolism as determinants of species longevity, eLife, 5, 2016, 27874830, 5148604, 10.7554/eLife.19130, The cellular level of the DNA repair enzyme poly ADP ribose polymerase was found to correlate with species lifespan in a study of 13 mammalian species.JOURNAL, Grube K, Bürkle A, Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase activity in mononuclear leukocytes of 13 mammalian species correlates with species-specific life span, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 89, 24, 11759–11763, 1992, 1465394, 50636, 10.1073/pnas.89.24.11759, 1992PNAS...8911759G, Three additional studies of a variety of mammalian species also reported a correlation between species lifespan and DNA repair capability.JOURNAL, Francis, A. A., Lee, W. H., Regan, J. D., The relationship of DNA excision repair of ultraviolet-induced lesions to the maximum life span of mammals, Mechanisms of Ageing of Development, 16, 2, 181–189, 1981, 7266079, 10.1016/0047-6374(81)90094-4, JOURNAL, Treton, J. A., Courtois, Y., Correlation between DNA excision repair and mammalian lifespan in lens epithelial cells, Cell Biol. Int. Rep., 6, 3, 253–60, 1982, 7060140, 10.1016/0309-1651(82)90077-7, JOURNAL, Maslansky, C. J., Williams, G. M., Ultraviolet light-induced DNA repair synthesis in hepatocytes from species of differing longevities, Mechanisms of Ageing of Development, 29, 2, 191–203, 1985, 3974310, 10.1016/0047-6374(85)90018-1,



File:Muybridge race horse animated.gif|thumb|Running gait. Photographs by Eadweard MuybridgeEadweard MuybridgeMost vertebrates—the amphibians, the reptiles and some mammals such as humans and bears—are plantigrade, walking on the whole of the underside of the foot. Many mammals, such as cats and dogs, are digitigrade, walking on their toes, the greater stride length allowing more speed. Digitigrade mammals are also often adept at quiet movement.WEB,weblink Leg and foot, 3 August 2008,weblink" title="">weblink 2008-04-04, Some animals such as horses are unguligrade, walking on the tips of their toes. This even further increases their stride length and thus their speed.BOOK, {{Google books, yes, LaaLNfY6gB8C, 3, |first1=Warren F.|last1=Walker|first2=Dominique G. |last2=Homberger|author-link2=Dominique G. Homberger|year=1998|title=Anatomy and Dissection of the Fetal Pig|edition=5|location=New York|publisher=W. H. Freeman and Company|page=3|isbn=978-0-7167-2637-1|oclc=40576267}} A few mammals, namely the great apes, are also known to walk on their knuckles, at least for their front legs. Giant anteatersJOURNAL, 10.1002/ajpa.20192, Orr, CM., 2005, Knuckle-walking anteater: a convergence test of adaptation for purported knuckle-walking features of African Hominidae, Am. J. Phys. Anthropol., 128, 3, 639–658, 15861420, and platypusesJOURNAL, Fish, FE, Frappell, PB, Baudinette, RV, MacFarlane, PM, Energetics of terrestrial locomotion of the platypus Ornithorhynchus anatinus,weblink The Journal of Experimental Biology, 204, Pt 4, 797–803, 2001, 11171362, are also knuckle-walkers. Some mammals are bipeds, using only two limbs for locomotion, which can be seen in, for example, humans and the great apes. Bipedal species have a larger field of vision than quadrupeds, conserve more energy and have the ability to manipulate objects with their hands, which aids in foraging. Instead of walking, some bipeds hop, such as kangaroos and kangaroo rats.JOURNAL,weblink P., Dhingra, 2004, Comparative Bipedalism – How the Rest of the Animal Kingdom Walks on two legs, Anthropological Science, 131, 231, JOURNAL, R. M., Alexander, 2004, Bipedal animals, and their differences from humans, Journal of Anatomy, 204, 5, 321–330, 10.1111/j.0021-8782.2004.00289.x, 1571302, 15198697, Animals will use different gaits for different speeds, terrain and situations. For example, horses show four natural gaits, the slowest horse gait is the walk, then there are three faster gaits which, from slowest to fastest, are the trot, the canter and the gallop. Animals may also have unusual gaits that are used occasionally, such as for moving sideways or backwards. For example, the main human gaits are bipedal walking and running, but they employ many other gaits occasionally, including a four-legged crawl in tight spaces.JOURNAL, Anne I., Dagg, Anne Innis Dagg, 1973, Gaits in Mammals, Mammal Review, 3, 4, 135–154, 10.1111/j.1365-2907.1973.tb00179.x, Mammals show a vast range of gaits, the order that they place and lift their appendages in locomotion. Gaits can be grouped into categories according to their patterns of support sequence. For quadrupeds, there are three main categories: walking gaits, running gaits and leaping gaits.BOOK, Roberts, Tristan D. M., Understanding Balance: The Mechanics of Posture and Locomotion, {{Google books, yes, o8RvD3X8ur8C, 211, |location=San Diego|year=1995|publisher= Nelson Thornes|isbn=978-1-56593-416-0|page=211|oclc=33167785}} Walking is the most common gait, where some feet are on the ground at any given time, and found in almost all legged animals. Running is considered to occur when at some points in the stride all feet are off the ground in a moment of suspension.


File:Brachiating Gibbon (Some rights reserved).jpg|thumb|left|upright|Gibbons are very good brachiators because their elongated limbs enable them to easily swing and grasp on to branches.]]Arboreal animals frequently have elongated limbs that help them cross gaps, reach fruit or other resources, test the firmness of support ahead and, in some cases, to brachiate (swing between trees).BOOK, Cartmill, M., 1985, Climbing, Functional Vertebrate Morphology, M., Hildebrand, D. M., Bramble, K. F., Liem, D. B., Wake, 73–88, Cambridge, Belknap Press, 978-0-674-32775-7, 11114191, Many arboreal species, such as tree porcupines, silky anteaters, spider monkeys, and possums, use prehensile tails to grasp branches. In the spider monkey, the tip of the tail has either a bare patch or adhesive pad, which provides increased friction. Claws can be used to interact with rough substrates and reorient the direction of forces the animal applies. This is what allows squirrels to climb tree trunks that are so large to be essentially flat from the perspective of such a small animal. However, claws can interfere with an animal's ability to grasp very small branches, as they may wrap too far around and prick the animal's own paw. Frictional gripping is used by primates, relying upon hairless fingertips. Squeezing the branch between the fingertips generates frictional force that holds the animal's hand to the branch. However, this type of grip depends upon the angle of the frictional force, thus upon the diameter of the branch, with larger branches resulting in reduced gripping ability. To control descent, especially down large diameter branches, some arboreal animals such as squirrels have evolved highly mobile ankle joints that permit rotating the foot into a 'reversed' posture. This allows the claws to hook into the rough surface of the bark, opposing the force of gravity. Small size provides many advantages to arboreal species: such as increasing the relative size of branches to the animal, lower center of mass, increased stability, lower mass (allowing movement on smaller branches) and the ability to move through more cluttered habitat. Size relating to weight affects gliding animals such as the sugar glider.JOURNAL,weblink Karl, Vernes, 2001, Gliding Performance of the Northern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus) in Mature Mixed Forest of Eastern Canada, Journal of Mammalogy, 82, 4, 1026–1033, 10.1644/1545-1542(2001)0822.0.CO;2, Some species of primate, bat and all species of sloth achieve passive stability by hanging beneath the branch. Both pitching and tipping become irrelevant, as the only method of failure would be losing their grip.


File:Israeli Bats - 26 September 2015.webm|thumb|upright=1.35|Slow-motion and normal speed of Egyptian fruit batEgyptian fruit batBats are the only mammals that can truly fly. They fly through the air at a constant speed by moving their wings up and down (usually with some fore-aft movement as well). Because the animal is in motion, there is some airflow relative to its body which, combined with the velocity of the wings, generates a faster airflow moving over the wing. This generates a lift force vector pointing forwards and upwards, and a drag force vector pointing rearwards and upwards. The upwards components of these counteract gravity, keeping the body in the air, while the forward component provides thrust to counteract both the drag from the wing and from the body as a whole.WEB,weblink Bats – the only flying mammals, Lorena, A. Barba, Bio-Aerial Locomotion, October 2011, 20 May 2016, The wings of bats are much thinner and consist of more bones than those of birds, allowing bats to maneuver more accurately and fly with more lift and less drag.WEB,weblink Bats In Flight Reveal Unexpected Aerodynamics, 2007, ScienceDaily, July 12, 2016, JOURNAL,weblink Anders, Hedenström, L. C., Johansson, 2015, Bat flight: aerodynamics, kinematics and flight morphology, Journal of Experimental Biology, 218, Pt 5, 653–663, 10.1242/jeb.031203, 25740899, By folding the wings inwards towards their body on the upstroke, they use 35% less energy during flight than birds.WEB,weblink Bats save energy by drawing in wings on upstroke, ScienceDaily, July 12, 2016, 2012, The membranes are delicate, ripping easily; however, the tissue of the bat's membrane is able to regrow, such that small tears can heal quickly.BOOK, {{Google books, yes, XS9y642cjvMC, 14, |first=Karen|last=Taschek|year=2008 |title=Hanging with Bats: Ecobats, Vampires, and Movie Stars|publisher=University of New Mexico Press|location=Albuquerque|page=14|isbn=978-0-8263-4403-8|oclc=191258477}} The surface of their wings is equipped with touch-sensitive receptors on small bumps called Merkel cells, also found on human fingertips. These sensitive areas are different in bats, as each bump has a tiny hair in the center, making it even more sensitive and allowing the bat to detect and collect information about the air flowing over its wings, and to fly more efficiently by changing the shape of its wings in response.JOURNAL, Susanne, Sterbing-D'Angeloa, Mohit, Chadhab, Chen, Chiuc, Ben, Falkc, Wei, Xianc, Janna, Barceloc, John M., Zookd, Cynthia F., Mossa, 2011, Bat wing sensors support flight control, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108, 27, 11291–11296, 10.1073/pnas.1018740108,weblink 21690408, 3131348, 2011PNAS..10811291S,

Fossorial and subterranean

{{Multiple image|align=right|image1=Wombat3.jpg|image2=Taupe doree.jpg|total_width=400|footer=Semi-fossorial wombat (left) vs. fully fossorial golden mole (right)}}{{See also|Fossorial|Burrow}}A fossorial (from Latin fossor, meaning "digger") is an animal adapted to digging which lives primarily, but not solely, underground. Some examples are badgers, and naked mole-rats. Many rodent species are also considered fossorial because they live in burrows for most but not all of the day. Species that live exclusively underground are described as subterranean. Some organisms are fossorial to aid in temperature regulation while others use the underground habitat for protection from predators or for food storage. An animal is said to be sub-fossorial if it shows limited adaptations to a fossorial lifestyle.Damiani, R, 2003, Earliest evidence of cynodont burrowing, The Royal Society Publishing, Volume 270, Issue 1525Fossorial mammals have a fusiform body, thickest at the shoulders and tapering off at the tail and nose. Unable to see in the dark burrows, most have degenerated eyes, but degeneration varies between species; pocket gophers, for example, are only semi-fossorial and have very small yet functional eyes, in the fully fossorial marsupial mole the eyes are degenerated and useless, talpa moles have vestigial eyes and the cape golden mole has a layer of skin covering the eyes. External ears flaps are also very small or absent. Truly fossorial mammals have short, stout legs as strength is more important than speed to a burrowing mammal, but semi-fossorial mammals have cursorial legs. The front paws are broad and have strong claws to help in loosening dirt while excavating burrows, and the back paws have webbing, as well as claws, which aids in throwing loosened dirt backwards. Most have large incisors to prevent dirt from flying into their mouth.JOURNAL, 2455381, H. W., Shimer, 1903, Adaptations to Aquatic, Arboreal, Fossorial and Cursorial Habits in Mammals. III. Fossorial Adaptations, The American Naturalist, 37, 444, 819–825, 10.1086/278368, Many fossorial mammals such as shrews, hedgehogs, and moles were classified under the now obsolete order Insectivora.


File:Living-on-the-Edge-Settlement-Patterns-by-the-Symbiotic-Barnacle-Xenobalanus-globicipitis-on-Small-pone.0127367.s001.ogv|thumb|A pod of short-beaked common dolphinshort-beaked common dolphinFully aquatic mammals, the cetaceans and sirenians, have lost their legs and have a tail fin to propel themselves through the water. Flipper movement is continuous. Whales swim by moving their tail fin and lower body up and down, propelling themselves through vertical movement, while their flippers are mainly used for steering. Their skeletal anatomy allows them to be fast swimmers. Most species have a dorsal fin to prevent themselves from turning upside-down in the water.JOURNAL, Perry, D. A., 1949, The anatomical basis of swimming in Whales, Journal of Zoology, 119, 1, 49–60, 10.1111/j.1096-3642.1949.tb00866.x, JOURNAL, Fish, F. E., Hui, C. A., 1991, Dolphin swimming – a review, Mammal Review, 21, 4, 181–195,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 2006-08-29, 10.1111/j.1365-2907.1991.tb00292.x, The flukes of sirenians are raised up and down in long strokes to move the animal forward, and can be twisted to turn. The forelimbs are paddle-like flippers which aid in turning and slowing.BOOK, Marsh, Helene,weblink Chapter 57: Dugongidae, Fauna of Australia, 1, Australian Government Publications, 978-0-644-06056-1, Canberra, 1989, 27492815, bot: unknown,weblink" title="">weblink 2013-05-11, Semi-aquatic mammals, like pinnipeds, have two pairs of flippers on the front and back, the fore-flippers and hind-flippers. The elbows and ankles are enclosed within the body.Berta, pp. 62–64.JOURNAL, Fish, F. E., Maneuverability by the sea lion Zalophus californianus: Turning performance of an unstable body design, 10.1242/jeb.00144, Journal of Experimental Biology, 206, 4, 667–674, 2003, 12517984, Pinnipeds have several adaptions for reducing drag. In addition to their streamlined bodies, they have smooth networks of muscle bundles in their skin that may increase laminar flow and make it easier for them to slip through water. They also lack arrector pili, so their fur can be streamlined as they swim. They rely on their fore-flippers for locomotion in a wing-like manner similar to penguins and sea turtles.JOURNAL, Fish, F. E., Transitions from drag-based to lift-based propulsion in mammalian swimming, 10.1093/icb/36.6.628, Integrative and Comparative Biology, 36, 6, 628–641, 1996, Fore-flipper movement is not continuous, and the animal glides between each stroke. Compared to terrestrial carnivorans, the fore-limbs are reduced in length, which gives the locomotor muscles at the shoulder and elbow joints greater mechanical advantage; the hind-flippers serve as stabilizers.BOOK, Riedman, M., 1990, The Pinnipeds: Seals, Sea Lions, and Walruses, University of California Press, 978-0-520-06497-3, 19511610, Other semi-aquatic mammals include beavers, hippopotamuses, otters and platypuses.JOURNAL,weblink Frank E., Fish, 2000, Biomechanics and Energetics in Aquatic and Semiaquatic Mammals: Platypus to Whale, Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 73, 6, 683–698, 11121343, 10.1086/318108, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2016-08-04,, Hippos are very large semi-aquatic mammals, and their barrel-shaped bodies have (wikt:graviportal|graviportal) skeletal structures,BOOK, S. K., Eltringham, 1999, The Hippos, Anatomy and Physiology, London, T & AD Poyser Ltd, 8, 978-0-85661-131-5, 42274422, adapted to carrying their enormous weight, and their specific gravity allows them to sink and move along the bottom of a river.MAGAZINE, Hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius, National Geographic, 30 April 2016,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink 2014-11-25, live,


Communication and vocalization

File:Monkey & Baby.JPG|thumb|upright|Vervet monkeys use at least four distinct alarm calls for different predatorpredator{{further|Animal communication|Animal echolocation}}Many mammals communicate by vocalizing. Vocal communication serves many purposes, including in mating rituals, as warning calls,JOURNAL, Zuberbühler, Klause, Predator-specific alarm calls in Campbell's monkeys, Cercopithecus campbelli, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 50, 5, 2001, 414–442, 4601985, 10.1007/s002650100383, to indicate food sources, and for social purposes. Males often call during mating rituals to ward off other males and to attract females, as in the roaring of lions and red deer.JOURNAL, Slabbekoorn, Hans, Smith, Thomas B., Bird song, ecology and speciation, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 357, 1420, 2002, 493–503, 10.1098/rstb.2001.1056, 1692962, 12028787, The songs of the humpback whale may be signals to females;BOOK, Bannister, John L., Baleen Whales (Mysticetes), 80–89, Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals, 2, F. Perrin, William, Würsig, Bernd, Hans Thewissen, Thewissen, J. G. M., 2008, Academic Press, 978-0-12-373553-9, {{Google books, yes, 2rkHQpToi9sC, 1007, }} they have different dialects in different regions of the ocean.JOURNAL, Scott, Norris, 2002, Creatures of Culture? Making the Case for Cultural Systems in Whales and Dolphins, BioScience, 52, 1, 9–14,weblink 10.1641/0006-3568(2002)052[0009:COCMTC]2.0.CO;2, Social vocalizations include the territorial calls of gibbons, and the use of frequency in greater spear-nosed bats to distinguish between groups.JOURNAL, Boughman, Janette W., Vocal learning by greater spear-nosed bats, Proceedings: Biological Sciences, 265, 1392, 1998, 227–233, 10.1098/rspb.1998.0286, 1688873, 9493408, The vervet monkey gives a distinct alarm call for each of at least four different predators, and the reactions of other monkeys vary according to the call. For example, if an alarm call signals a python, the monkeys climb into the trees, whereas the eagle alarm causes monkeys to seek a hiding place on the ground.JOURNAL, Seyfarth, R. M., D. L., Cheney, Peter, Marler, Vervet Monkey Alarm Calls: Semantic communication in a Free-Ranging Primate, Animal Behaviour, 28, 4, 1070–1094, 1980, 10.1016/S0003-3472(80)80097-2,weblink Prairie dogs similarly have complex calls that signal the type, size, and speed of an approaching predator.WEB,weblink Prairie dogs' language decoded by scientists, 21 June 2013, CBC News, 20 May 2015, Elephants communicate socially with a variety of sounds including snorting, screaming, trumpeting, roaring and rumbling. Some of the rumbling calls are infrasonic, below the hearing range of humans, and can be heard by other elephants up to {{convert|6|mi|km}} away at still times near sunrise and sunset.MAGAZINE, Mayell, Hillary, Elephants Call Long-Distance After-Hours,weblink National Geographic, 15 November 2016, 3 March 2004, (file:Killer whale.ogg|left|thumb|Orca calling including occasional echolocation clicks)Mammals signal by a variety of means. Many give visual anti-predator signals, as when deer and gazelle stot, honestly indicating their fit condition and their ability to escape,BOOK, Animal Signals, Oxford University Press, Maynard Smith, John, Harper, David, 2003, John Maynard Smith, 61–63, {{Google books, yes, SUA51MeG1lcC, 61, |isbn=978-0-19-852684-1 |oclc=54460090 |series=Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution}}JOURNAL, Stotting in Thomson's gazelles: an honest signal of condition,weblink FitzGibbon, C. D., Fanshawe, J. H., Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 1988, 23, 2, 69–74, 10.1007/bf00299889, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2014-02-25, or when white-tailed deer and other prey mammals flag with conspicuous tail markings when alarmed, informing the predator that it has been detected.JOURNAL, Bildstein, Keith L., Why White-Tailed Deer Flag Their Tails, The American Naturalist, May 1983, 121, 5, 709–715, 2460873, 10.1086/284096, Many mammals make use of scent-marking, sometimes possibly to help defend territory, but probably with a range of functions both within and between species.Gosling, L. M. "A reassessment of the function of scent marking in territories." Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie 60.2 (1982): 89–118.Zala, Sarah M., Wayne K. Potts, and Dustin J. Penn. "Scent-marking displays provide honest signals of health and infection." Behavioral Ecology 15.2 (2004): 338–344.JOURNAL, Johnson, Roger P., Scent Marking in Mammals, Animal Behaviour, August 1973, 21, 3, 521–535, 10.1016/S0003-3472(73)80012-0, Microbats and toothed whales including oceanic dolphins vocalize both socially and in echolocation.JOURNAL, Schevill, W.E., McBride, A.F., 1956, Evidence for echolocation by cetaceans, Deep-Sea Research, 3, 2, 153–154, 10.1016/0146-6313(56)90096-x, 1956DSR.....3..153S, BOOK, Wilson, W., C., Moss, 2004, Echolocation in Bats and Dolphins, J., Thomas, 22, Chicago University Press, 978-0-226-79599-7, 50143737, BOOK, {{Google books, yes, Q3MIsrPDA5EC, front, |last=Au |first=Whitlow W. L. |year=1993 |title=The Sonar of Dolphins |publisher=Springer-Verlag |isbn=978-3-540-97835-0 |oclc=26158593}}


File:Short-beaked echidna in suburban-Sydney backyard.webm|thumb|A short-beaked echidnashort-beaked echidnaTo maintain a high constant body temperature is energy expensive—mammals therefore need a nutritious and plentiful diet. While the earliest mammals were probably predators, different species have since adapted to meet their dietary requirements in a variety of ways. Some eat other animals—this is a carnivorous diet (and includes insectivorous diets). Other mammals, called herbivores, eat plants, which contain complex carbohydrates such as cellulose. An herbivorous diet includes subtypes such as granivory (seed eating), folivory (leaf eating), frugivory (fruit eating), nectarivory (nectar eating), gummivory (gum eating) and mycophagy (fungus eating). The digestive tract of an herbivore is host to bacteria that ferment these complex substances, and make them available for digestion, which are either housed in the multichambered stomach or in a large cecum.JOURNAL, Peter, Langer, 1984, Comparative Anatomy of the Stomach in Mammalian Herbivores, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Physiology, 69, 3, 615–625, 10.1113/expphysiol.1984.sp002848, 6473699, Some mammals are coprophagous, consuming feces to absorb the nutrients not digested when the food was first ingested.{{rp|131–137}} An omnivore eats both prey and plants. Carnivorous mammals have a simple digestive tract because the proteins, lipids and minerals found in meat require little in the way of specialized digestion. Exceptions to this include baleen whales who also house gut flora in a multi-chambered stomach, like terrestrial herbivores.JOURNAL,weblink Jon G., Sanders, Annabel C., Beichman, Joe, Roman, Jarrod J., Scott, David, Emerson, James J., McCarthy, Peter R., Girguis, 2015, Baleen whales host a unique gut microbiome with similarities to both carnivores and herbivores, Nature Communications, 6, 8285, 10.1038/ncomms9285, 26393325, 4595633, 2015NatCo...6E8285S, The size of an animal is also a factor in determining diet type (Allen's rule). Since small mammals have a high ratio of heat-losing surface area to heat-generating volume, they tend to have high energy requirements and a high metabolic rate. Mammals that weigh less than about {{convert|18|oz|g+lb}} are mostly insectivorous because they cannot tolerate the slow, complex digestive process of an herbivore. Larger animals, on the other hand, generate more heat and less of this heat is lost. They can therefore tolerate either a slower collection process (carnivores that feed on larger vertebrates) or a slower digestive process (herbivores).JOURNAL,weblink J. R., Speaksman, 1996, Energetics and the evolution of body size in small terrestrial mammals, Symposia of the Zoological Society of London, 69, 69–81, Furthermore, mammals that weigh more than {{convert|18|oz|g+lb}} usually cannot collect enough insects during their waking hours to sustain themselves. The only large insectivorous mammals are those that feed on huge colonies of insects (ants or termites).{{Multiple image|image1=Blacky.jpg|image2=A polar bear (Ursus maritimus) scavenging a narwhal whale (Monodon monoceros) carcass - journal.pone.0060797.g001-A.png|footer=The hypocarnivorous American black bear (Ursus americanus) vs. the hypercarnivorous polar bear (Ursus maritimus)|direction=vertical}}Some mammals are omnivores and display varying degrees of carnivory and herbivory, generally leaning in favor of one more than the other. Since plants and meat are digested differently, there is a preference for one over the other, as in bears where some species may be mostly carnivorous and others mostly herbivorous.JOURNAL, Tyson, Sacco, Blaire, van Valkenburgh, 2004, Ecomorphological indicators of feeding behaviour in the bears (Carnivora: Ursidae), Journal of Zoology, 263, 1, 41–54, 10.1017/S0952836904004856, They are grouped into three categories: mesocarnivory (50–70% meat), hypercarnivory (70% and greater of meat), and hypocarnivory (50% or less of meat). The dentition of hypocarnivores consists of dull, triangular carnassial teeth meant for grinding food. Hypercarnivores, however, have conical teeth and sharp carnassials meant for slashing, and in some cases strong jaws for bone-crushing, as in the case of hyenas, allowing them to consume bones; some extinct groups, notably the Machairodontinae, had saber-shaped canines.JOURNAL, Blaire, van Valkenburgh, 2007, Déjà vu: the evolution of feeding morphologies in the Carnivora, Integrative and Comparative Biology, 47, 1, 147–163, 10.1093/icb/icm016, 21672827, Some physiological carnivores consume plant matter and some physiological herbivores consume meat. From a behavioral aspect, this would make them omnivores, but from the physiological standpoint, this may be due to zoopharmacognosy. Physiologically, animals must be able to obtain both energy and nutrients from plant and animal materials to be considered omnivorous. Thus, such animals are still able to be classified as carnivores and herbivores when they are just obtaining nutrients from materials originating from sources that do not seemingly complement their classification.JOURNAL, M. S., Singer, E. A., Bernays, 2003, Understanding omnivory needs a behavioral perspective, Ecology, 84, 10, 2532–2537, 10.1890/02-0397,weblink For example, it is well documented that some ungulates such as giraffes, camels, and cattle, will gnaw on bones to consume particular minerals and nutrients.JOURNAL, Hutson, Jarod M., Burke, Chrissina C., Haynes, Gary, 2013-12-01, Osteophagia and bone modifications by giraffe and other large ungulates, Journal of Archaeological Science, 40, 12, 4139–4149, 10.1016/j.jas.2013.06.004, Also, cats, which are generally regarded as obligate carnivores, occasionally eat grass to regurgitate indigestible material (such as hairballs), aid with hemoglobin production, and as a laxative.WEB,weblink Why Do Cats Eat Grass?, Pet MD, 13 January 2017, Many mammals, in the absence of sufficient food requirements in an environment, suppress their metabolism and conserve energy in a process known as hibernation.JOURNAL, Geiser, Fritz, Metabolic Rate and Body Temperature Reduction During Hibernation and Daily Torpor, Annu. Rev. Physiol., 2004, 66, 239–274, 10.1146/annurev.physiol.66.032102.115105, 14977403, In the period preceding hibernation, larger mammals, such as bears, become polyphagic to increase fat stores, whereas smaller mammals prefer to collect and stash food.JOURNAL, Humphries, M. M., Thomas, D.W., Kramer, D.L., The role of energy availability in mammalian hibernation: A cost-benefit approach, Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 2003, 76, 2, 165–179, 10.1086/367950, 12794670, The slowing of the metabolism is accompanied by a decreased heart and respiratory rate, as well as a drop in internal temperatures, which can be around ambient temperature in some cases. For example, the internal temperatures of hibernating arctic ground squirrels can drop to {{convert|-2.9|C|F}}, however the head and neck always stay above {{convert|0|C|F}}.JOURNAL, Barnes, Brian M., 1989, Freeze Avoidance in a Mammal: Body Temperatures Below 0 °C in an Arctic Hibernator, Science, 244, 1593–1595, 10.1126/science.2740905, 2740905, 4912, 1989Sci...244.1593B, A few mammals in hot environments aestivate in times of drought or extreme heat, namely the fat-tailed dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus medius).BOOK, {{Google books, yes, jukgezrNdCsC, 99, |editor1-first=Carlos Arturo|editor1-last=Navas|editor2-first=José Eduardo|editor2-last=Carvalho|first=Fritz|last=Geiser|year=2010|title=Aestivation: Molecular and Physiological Aspects|volume=49|publisher=Springer-Verlag|pages=95–113|isbn=978-3-642-02420-7|chapter=Aestivation in Mammals and Birds|doi=10.1007/978-3-642-02421-4|series=Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology}}


{{See also|Animal cognition}}In intelligent mammals, such as primates, the cerebrum is larger relative to the rest of the brain. Intelligence itself is not easy to define, but indications of intelligence include the ability to learn, matched with behavioral flexibility. Rats, for example, are considered to be highly intelligent, as they can learn and perform new tasks, an ability that may be important when they first colonize a fresh habitat. In some mammals, food gathering appears to be related to intelligence: a deer feeding on plants has a brain smaller than a cat, which must think to outwit its prey.BOOK, Don E. Wilson, David Burnie, Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide to the World's Wildlife, 86–89, DK Publishing, 1st, 2001, 978-0-7894-7764-4, 46422124, File:A Bonobo at the San Diego Zoo "fishing" for termites.jpg|thumb|A bonobo fishing for termitetermiteTool use by animals may indicate different levels of learning and cognition. The sea otter uses rocks as essential and regular parts of its foraging behaviour (smashing abalone from rocks or breaking open shells), with some populations spending 21% of their time making tools.JOURNAL,weblink Janet, Mann, Eric M., Patterson, 2013, Tool Use by Aquatic Animals, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 368, 1630, 10.1098/rstb.2012.0424, 24101631, 20120424, 4027413, Other tool use, such as chimpanzees using twigs to "fish" for termites, may be developed by watching others use tools and may even be a true example of animal teaching.BOOK, Raffaele, Paul, 2011, Among the Great Apes: Adventures on the Trail of Our Closest Relatives, Harper, 83, 978-0-06-167184-5, New York, 674694369, Tools may even be used in solving puzzles in which the animal appears to experience a "Eureka moment".BOOK, {{Google books, yes, IIR8CgAAQBAJ, |first=Wolfgang|last=Köhler |year=1925 |publisher=Liveright |title=The Mentality of Apes |isbn=978-0-87140-108-3|oclc=2000769}} Other mammals that do not use tools, such as dogs, can also experience a Eureka moment.JOURNAL, McGowan, R. T., Rehn, T., Norling, Y., Keeling, L. J., 2014, Positive affect and learning: exploring the "Eureka Effect" in dogs, Animal Cognition, 17, 13, 577–587, 10.1007/s10071-013-0688-x, 24096703, Brain size was previously considered a major indicator of the intelligence of an animal. Since most of the brain is used for maintaining bodily functions, greater ratios of brain to body mass may increase the amount of brain mass available for more complex cognitive tasks. Allometric analysis indicates that mammalian brain size scales at approximately the {{frac|2|3}} or {{frac|3|4}} exponent of the body mass. Comparison of a particular animal's brain size with the expected brain size based on such allometric analysis provides an encephalisation quotient that can be used as another indication of animal intelligence.JOURNAL, Jan, Karbowski, 2007, Global and regional brain metabolic scaling and its functional consequences, BMC Biology, 5, 18, 18, 10.1186/1741-7007-5-18, 17488526, 1884139, Sperm whales have the largest brain mass of any animal on earth, averaging {{convert|8,000|cm3|in3}} and {{convert|7.8|kg|lbs}} in mature males.JOURNAL, Lori, Marino, 2007, Cetacean Brains: How Aquatic Are They?, The Anatomical Record, 290, 6, 694–700, 10.1002/ar.20530, 17516433, Self-awareness appears to be a sign of abstract thinking. Self-awareness, although not well-defined, is believed to be a precursor to more advanced processes such as metacognitive reasoning. The traditional method for measuring this is the mirror test, which determines if an animal possesses the ability of self-recognition.JOURNAL, Gallup, Jr., G. G., 1970, Chimpanzees: Self recognition, Science, 167, 3914, 86–87, 1970Sci...167...86G, 10.1126/science.167.3914.86, 4982211, Mammals that have passed the mirror test include Asian elephants (some pass, some do not);JOURNAL, Plotnik, J.M., de Waal, F.B.M. and Reiss, D., 2006, Self-recognition in an Asian elephant,weblink PNAS, 103, 45, 17053–17057, 10.1073/pnas.0608062103, 17075063, 2006PNAS..10317053P, 1636577, chimpanzees;JOURNAL, Robert, S., Ontogeny of mirror behavior in two species of great apes, American Journal of Primatology, 10, 2, 109–117, 1986, 10.1002/ajp.1350100202, bonobos;JOURNAL, Walraven, V., van Elsacker, L. and Verheyen, R., 1995, Reactions of a group of pygmy chimpanzees (Pan paniscus) to their mirror images: evidence of self-recognition, Primates, 36, 145–150, 10.1007/bf02381922, orangutans;BOOK, {{Google books, yes, 5ywsREEZ-j4C, 150, |first=Richard |last=Leakey |year=1994 |chapter=The Origin of the Mind |title=The Origin Of Humankind |location=New York |publisher=BasicBooks |page=150 |isbn=978-0-465-05313-1 |oclc=30739453}} humans, from 18 months (mirror stage);BOOK, Archer, John, 1992, Ethology and Human Development, Rowman & Littlefield, 215–218, 978-0-389-20996-6, 25874476, {{Google books, yes, QDT27k5envcC, 217, }} bottlenose dolphins{{efn|Decreased latency to approach the mirror, repetitious head circling and close viewing of the marked areas were considered signs of self-recognition since they do not have arms and cannot touch the marked areas.}}BOOK, Self-awareness in Animals and Humans: Developmental Perspectives, Marten, K., Psarakos, S., Evidence of self-awareness in the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), Parker, S.T., Mitchell, R., Boccia, M., 361–379, 1995, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 978-0-521-44108-7, 28180680, killer whales;JOURNAL, 11334706, Mirror image processing in three marine mammal species: Killer whales (Orcinus orca), false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) and California sea lions (Zalophus californianus), 2001, Delfour, F., Marten, K., yes, 53, 3, 181–190, Behavioural Processes, 10.1016/s0376-6357(01)00134-6, and false killer whales.

Social structure

(File:Borneo elephants.png|thumb|Female elephants live in stable groups, along with their offspring.)(File:Frazer´s dolphin group.jpg|thumb|Dolphins are known for their intelligence and travel in groups) Eusociality is the highest level of social organization. These societies have an overlap of adult generations, the division of reproductive labor and cooperative caring of young. Usually insects, such as bees, ants and termites, have eusocial behavior, but it is demonstrated in two rodent species: the naked mole-ratJOURNAL, J. U. M., Jarvis, 1981, Eusociality in a mammal: cooperative breeding in naked mole-rat colonies, Science, 212, 4494, 571–573, 10.1126/science.7209555, 1686202, 1981Sci...212..571J, and the Damaraland mole-rat.JOURNAL, Jacobs, D.S., 1991, The colony structure and dominance hierarchy of the Damaraland mole-rat, Cryptomys damarensis (Rodentia: Bathyergidae) from Namibia, Journal of Zoology, 224, 4, 553–576, 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1991.tb03785.x, etal, Presociality is when animals exhibit more than just sexual interactions with members of the same species, but fall short of qualifying as eusocial. That is, presocial animals can display communal living, cooperative care of young, or primitive division of reproductive labor, but they do not display all of the three essential traits of eusocial animals. Humans and some species of Callitrichidae (marmosets and tamarins) are unique among primates in their degree of cooperative care of young.BOOK, Hardy, Sarah B., 2009, Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 92–93, {{Google books, yes, dsiksDFQPDsC, 92, | location=Boston}} Harry Harlow set up an experiment with rhesus monkeys, presocial primates, in 1958; the results from this study showed that social encounters are necessary in order for the young monkeys to develop both mentally and sexually.JOURNAL, Harlow, H. F., Suomi, S. J., 1971, Social Recovery by Isolation-Reared Monkeys,weblink Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 68, 7, 1534–1538, 10.1073/pnas.68.7.1534, 5283943, 389234, 1971PNAS...68.1534H, A fission-fusion society is a society that changes frequently in its size and composition, making up a permanent social group called the "parent group". Permanent social networks consist of all individual members of a community and often varies to track changes in their environment. In a fission–fusion society, the main parent group can fracture (fission) into smaller stable subgroups or individuals to adapt to environmental or social circumstances. For example, a number of males may break off from the main group in order to hunt or forage for food during the day, but at night they may return to join (fusion) the primary group to share food and partake in other activities. Many mammals exhibit this, such as primates (for example orangutans and spider monkeys),JOURNAL, van Schaik, Carel P., The Socioecology of Fission-Fusion Sociality in Orangutans, Biomedical and Life Sciences, 1999, 40, 1, 69–86, 10.1007/BF02557703, 23179533, elephants,JOURNAL, Archie, Elizabeth A., Cynthia J. Moss, Susan Alberts, Susan C. Alberts, The ties that bind: genetic relatedness predicts the fission and fusion of social groups in wild African elephants, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, March 2005, 273, 1586, 513–522, 10.1098/rspb.2005.3361,weblink 16537121, 1560064, spotted hyenas,JOURNAL, Smith, Jennifer E., Sandra K. Memenis, Kay E. Holekamp, Rank-related partner choice in the fission–fusion society of the spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta), Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 2007, 61, 5, 753–765, 10.1007/s00265-006-0305-y,weblink dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2014-04-25, lions,JOURNAL, 3762833, Tomoyuki, Matoba, Nobuyuki, Kutsukake, Toshikazu, Hasegawa, 2013, Head Rubbing and Licking Reinforce Social Bonds in a Group of Captive African Lions, Panthera leo, Matt, Hayward, PLoS ONE, 8, 9, 10.1371/journal.pone.0073044, 24023806, e73044, 2013PLoSO...873044M, and dolphins.JOURNAL, Michael, Krützen, Lynne M., Barré, Richard C., Connor, Janet, Mann, William B., Sherwin, 2004, 'O father: where art thou?' – Paternity assessment in an open fission–fusion society of wild bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops sp.) in Shark Bay, Western Australia, Molecular Ecology, 13, 7, 1975–1990, 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2004.02192.x, 15189218, Solitary animals defend a territory and avoid social interactions with the members of its species, except during breeding season. This is to avoid resource competition, as two individuals of the same species would occupy the same niche, and to prevent depletion of food.BOOK, {{Google books, yes, Nb21BwAAQBAJ, 114, | first=Claude| last=Martin | year=1991 | title=The Rainforests of West Africa: Ecology – Threats – Conservation | publisher=Springer | edition=1 | doi=10.1007/978-3-0348-7726-8| isbn=978-3-0348-7726-8}} A solitary animal, while foraging, can also be less conspicuous to predators or prey.JOURNAL, le Roux, Aliza, Michael I. Cherry, Lorenz Gygax, Vigilance behaviour and fitness consequences: comparing a solitary foraging and an obligate group-foraging mammal, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 5 May 2009, 63, 8, 1097–1107, 10.1007/s00265-009-0762-1, File:- fighting red kangaroos 2.jpg|thumb|left|Red kangaroos "boxing" for dominance ]]In a hierarchy, individuals are either dominant or submissive. A despotic hierarchy is where one individual is dominant while the others are submissive, as in wolves and lemurs,JOURNAL, 4646466, Elisabetta, Palagi, Ivan, Norscia, Karen E., Samonds, 2015, The Season for Peace: Reconciliation in a Despotic Species (Lemur catta), PLoS ONE, 10, 11, 10.1371/journal.pone.0142150, 26569400, e0142150, 2015PLoSO..1042150P, and a pecking order is a linear ranking of individuals where there is a top individual and a bottom individual. Pecking orders may also be ranked by sex, where the lowest individual of a sex has a higher ranking than the top individual of the other sex, as in hyenas.JOURNAL, Marion L., East, Heribert, Hofer, 2000, Male spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta) queue for status in social groups dominated by females, Behavioral Ecology, 12, 15, 558–568, 10.1093/beheco/12.5.558, Dominant individuals, or alphas, have a high chance of reproductive success, especially in harems where one or a few males (resident males) have exclusive breeding rights to females in a group.JOURNAL, Samuels, A., Silk, J. B., Rodman, P., 1984, Changes in the dominance rank and reproductive behavior of male bonnet macaques (Macaca radiate), Animal Behaviour, 32, 4, 994–1003, 10.1016/s0003-3472(84)80212-2, Non-resident males can also be accepted in harems, but some species, such as the common vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus), may be more strict.JOURNAL, Delpietro, H.A., Russo, R.G., 2002, Observations of the common vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus) and the hairy-legged vampire bat (Diphylla ecaudata) in captivity, Mammalian Biology, 67, 2, 65–78, 10.1078/1616-5047-00011, Some mammals are perfectly monogamous, meaning that they mate for life and take no other partners (even after the original mate's death), as with wolves, Eurasian beavers, and otters.JOURNAL, Devra G., Kleiman, 1977, Monogamy in Mammals, The Quarterly Review of Biology, 52, 1, 39–69, 857268, 10.1086/409721, JOURNAL, Holland, B., Rice, W. R., 1998, Perspective: Chase-Away Sexual Selection: Antagonistic Seduction vs. Resistance, Evolution, 52, 1, 1–7,weblink 10.2307/2410914, 28568154, 2410914, There are three types of polygamy: either one or multiple dominant males have breeding rights (polygyny), multiple males that females mate with (polyandry), or multiple males have exclusive relations with multiple females (polygynandry). It is much more common for polygynous mating to happen, which, excluding leks, are estimated to occur in up to 90% of mammals.JOURNAL, T. H., Clutton-Brock, 1989, Review Lecture: Mammalian Mating Systems, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 236, 1285, 339–372, 10.1098/rspb.1989.0027, 2567517, 1989RSPSB.236..339C, Lek mating occurs when males congregate around females and try to attract them with various courtship displays and vocalizations, as in harbor seals.JOURNAL, Boness, D. J., Bowen, D., Buhleier, B. M., Marshall, G. J., 2006, Mating tactics and mating system of an aquatic-mating pinniped: the harbor seal, Phoca vitulina, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 61, 119–130, 10.1007/s00265-006-0242-9,weblink All higher mammals (excluding monotremes) share two major adaptations for care of the young: live birth and lactation. These imply a group-wide choice of a degree of parental care. They may build nests and dig burrows to raise their young in, or feed and guard them often for a prolonged period of time. Many mammals are K-selected, and invest more time and energy into their young than do r-selected animals. When two animals mate, they both share an interest in the success of the offspring, though often to different extremes. Mammalian females exhibit some degree of maternal aggression, another example of parental care, which may be targeted against other females of the species or the young of other females; however, some mammals may "aunt" the infants of other females, and care for them. Mammalian males may play a role in child rearing, as with tenrecs, however this varies species to species, even within the same genus. For example, the males of the southern pig-tailed macaque (Macaca nemestrina) do not participate in child care, whereas the males of the Japanese macaque (M. fuscata) do.BOOK, {{Google books, yes, ipjhBwAAQBAJ, 1, |chapter=Origins of Parental Care| first=P. H.|last=Klopfer|year=1981|editor-first=D. J.|editor-last=Gubernick|title=Parental Care in Mammals|publisher=Plenum Press|location=New York|isbn=978-1-4613-3150-6|oclc=913709574}}

Humans and other mammals

In human culture

File:Lascaux painting.jpg|thumb|Upper Paleolithic cave painting of a variety of large mammals, LascauxLascauxNon-human mammals play a wide variety of roles in human culture. They are the most popular of pets, with tens of millions of dogs, cats and other animals including rabbits and mice kept by families around the world.JOURNAL,weblink Rekha, Murthy, Gonzalo, Bearman, Sherrill, Brown, Kristina, Bryant, Animals in Healthcare Facilities: Recommendations to Minimize Potential Risks, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 2015, 36, 5, 10.1017/ice.2015.15, 25998315, 495–516, WEB, The Humane Society of the United States, U.S. Pet Ownership Statistics,weblink 27 April 2012, WEB, USDA, U.S. Rabbit Industry profile,weblink 10 July 2013, Mammals such as mammoths, horses and deer are among the earliest subjects of art, being found in Upper Paleolithic cave paintings such as at Lascaux.NEWS, McKie, Robin, Prehistoric cave art in the Dordogne,weblink The Guardian, 9 November 2016, 26 May 2013, The Guardian, Major artists such as Albrecht Dürer, George Stubbs and Edwin Landseer are known for their portraits of mammals.NEWS, Jones, Jonathan, The top 10 animal portraits in art,weblink 24 June 2016, The Guardian, 27 June 2014, Many species of mammals have been hunted for sport and for food; deer and wild boar are especially popular as game animals.WEB, Deer Hunting in the United States: An Analysis of Hunter Demographics and Behavior Addendum to the 2001 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation Report 2001-6,weblink Fishery and Wildlife Service (USA), 24 June 2016, WEB, Recreational Hog Hunting Popularity Soaring,weblink Gramd View Outdoors, 24 June 2016, 2014-04-05,weblink 12 December 2017, dead, BOOK, Nguyen, Jenny, Wheatley, Rick, Hunting For Food: Guide to Harvesting, Field Dressing and Cooking Wild Game, {{Google books, yes, 3XN6CgAAQBAJ, 6, | year=2015 | publisher=F+W Media | isbn=978-1-4403-3856-4 | pages=6–77}} Chapters on hunting deer, wild hog (boar), rabbit, and squirrel. Mammals such as horses and dogs are widely raced for sport, often combined with betting on the outcome.WEB, Horse racing,weblink 6 May 2014,weblink" title="">weblink 21 December 2013, BOOK, Genders, Roy, Encyclopaedia of Greyhound Racing, 1981, Pelham Books, 978-0-7207-1106-6, 9324926, There is a tension between the role of animals as companions to humans, and their existence as individuals with rights of their own.JOURNAL, The Role of Animals in Human Society, Plous, S., 1993, 10.1111/j.1540-4560.1993.tb00906.x, Journal of Social Issues, 49, 1, 1–9, Mammals further play a wide variety of roles in literature,NEWS, Fowler, Karen Joy, Top 10 books about intelligent animals,weblink The Guardian, 9 November 2016, 26 March 2014, BOOK, Gamble, Nikki, Yates, Sally, Exploring Children's Literature, 2008, Sage, 978-1-4129-3013-0, 2, Los Angeles, 71285210, WEB, Books for Adults,weblink Seal Sitters, 9 November 2016, film,JOURNAL, Paterson, Jennifer, Animals in Film and Media, Oxford Bibliographies, 2013, 10.1093/obo/9780199791286-0044, mythology, and religion.BOOK, Johns, Catherine, 2011, Cattle: History, Myth, Art, The British Museum Press, 978-0-7141-5084-0, London, 665137673, BOOK, Hayagrīva: The Mantrayānic Aspect of Horse-cult in China and Japan, Brill Archive, 9, Robert Hans van Gulik, WEB, Grainger, Richard, Lion Depiction across Ancient and Modern Religions,weblink ALERT, November 6, 2016, 24 June 2012, dead,weblink 23 September 2016,

Uses and importance

{{See also|Livestock|Laboratory animal|Pack animal}}File:Hand milking a cow at Cobbes Farm Museum.jpg|thumb|left|upright|Cattle have been kept for milk for thousands of years.]]Domestic mammals form a large part of the livestock raised for meat across the world. They include (2009) around 1.4 billion cattle, 1 billion sheep, 1 billion domestic pigs,JOURNAL, Graphic detail Charts, maps and infographics. Counting chickens, The Economist,weblink 6 November 2016, 27 July 2011, WEB, Cattle Today,weblink Breeds of Cattle at CATTLE TODAY,, November 6, 2016, and (1985) over 700 million rabbits.WEB, Lukefahr, S.D., Cheeke, P.R., Rabbit project development strategies in subsistence farming systems,weblink Food and Agriculture Organization, November 6, 2016, Working domestic animals including cattle and horses have been used for work and transport from the origins of agriculture, their numbers declining with the arrival of mechanised transport and agricultural machinery. In 2004 they still provided some 80% of the power for the mainly small farms in the third world, and some 20% of the world's transport, again mainly in rural areas. In mountainous regions unsuitable for wheeled vehicles, pack animals continue to transport goods.BOOK, Pond, Wilson G., Encyclopedia of Animal Science, {{Google books, yes, 1SQl7Ao3mHoC, 248, |year=2004 |publisher=CRC Press |oclc=57033325 |isbn=978-0-8247-5496-9 |pages=248–250}}Mammal skins provide leather for shoes, clothing and upholstery.WEB, History of Leather,weblink Moore & Giles, 10 November 2016, Wool from mammals including sheep, goats and alpacas has been used for centuries for clothing.BOOK, Braaten, Ann W., Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion, 2005, 3, Thomson Gale, 978-0-684-31394-8, 963977000, 441–443, Steele, Valerie, Wool,weblink Quiggle, Charlotte. "Alpaca: An Ancient Luxury." Interweave Knits Fall 2000: 74–76. Mammals serve a major role in science as experimental animals, both in fundamental biological research, such as in genetics,WEB, Genetics Research,weblink Animal Health Trust, November 6, 2016,weblink" title="">weblink December 12, 2017, dead, and in the development of new medicines, which must be tested exhaustively to demonstrate their safety.WEB, Drug Development,weblink Animal, November 6, 2016, Millions of mammals, especially mice and rats, are used in experiments each year.WEB, EU statistics show decline in animal research numbers,weblink Speaking of Research, 2013, November 6, 2016, A knockout mouse is a genetically modified mouse with an inactivated gene, replaced or disrupted with an artificial piece of DNA. They enable the study of sequenced genes whose functions are unknown.JOURNAL, Helen R. Pilcher,weblink It's a knockout, Nature, 2003, November 6, 2016, 10.1038/news030512-17, Y Zan et al., Production of knockout rats using ENU mutagenesis and a yeast-based screening assay, Nat. Biotechnol. (2003).{{webarchive |url= |date=June 11, 2010 }} A small percentage of the mammals are non-human primates, used in research for their similarity to humans.WEB,weblink The supply and use of primates in the EU, 1996, European Biomedical Research Association,weblink" title="">weblink 2012-01-17, JOURNAL, Carlsson, H. E., Schapiro, S. J., Farah, I., Hau, J., Use of primates in research: A global overview, 10.1002/ajp.20054, American Journal of Primatology, 63, 4, 225–237, 2004, 15300710, REPORT, Weatherall, D., etal, 2006, The use of non-human primates in research, London, UK, Academy of Medical Sciences,weblink dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2013-03-23, Charles Darwin, Jared Diamond and others have noted the importance of domesticated mammals in the Neolithic development of agriculture and of civilization, causing farmers to replace hunter-gatherers around the world.{{efn|Diamond discussed this matter further in his 1997 book Guns, Germs, and Steel.BOOK, Jared M., Diamond, Jared Diamond, 1997, Guns, Germs, and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies, Part 2: The rise and spread of food production, 1, New York, W.W. Norton & Company, 978-0-393-03891-0, 35792200, {{Google books, yes, PWnWRFEGoeUC, 176, }}}}JOURNAL, Larson, Greger, Burger, Joachim, April 2013, A population genetics view of animal domestication,weblink Trends in Genetics, 29, 4, 197–205, 10.1016/j.tig.2013.01.003, 23415592, This transition from hunting and gathering to herding flocks and growing crops was a major step in human history. The new agricultural economies, based on domesticated mammals, caused "radical restructuring of human societies, worldwide alterations in biodiversity, and significant changes in the Earth's landforms and its atmosphere... momentous outcomes".JOURNAL, Zeder, Melinda A., Domestication and early agriculture in the Mediterranean Basin: Origins, diffusion, and impact, PNAS, August 2008, 105, 33, 11597–11604, 10.1073/pnas.0801317105,weblink 18697943, 2575338, 2008PNAS..10511597Z,


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quagga, 1870 (left) vs. a Quagga Project>bred-back quagga, 2014 (right)}}Hybrids are offspring resulting from the breeding of two genetically distinct individuals, which usually will result in a high degree of heterozygosity, though hybrid and heterozygous are not synonymous. The deliberate or accidental hybridizing of two or more species of closely related animals through captive breeding is a human activity which has been in existence for millennia and has grown for economic purposes.BOOK, Price, E., 2008, Principles and applications of domestic animal behavior: an introductory text, Cambridge University Press, {{Google books, yes, Ww07sIWTYAAC, 228, |location=Sacramento |isbn=978-1-84593-398-2|oclc=226038028}} Hybrids between different subspecies within a species (such as between the Bengal tiger and Siberian tiger) are known as intra-specific hybrids. Hybrids between different species within the same genus (such as between lions and tigers) are known as interspecific hybrids or crosses. Hybrids between different genera (such as between sheep and goats) are known as intergeneric hybrids.BOOK, {{Google books, yes, O3M4qfxtGhIC, 13, |location=Heidelberg |first1=Jochen |last1=Taupitz|first2=Marion |last2=Weschka |year=2009|title=Chimbrids – Chimeras and Hybrids in Comparative European and International Research |publisher=Springer |page=13 |isbn=978-3-540-93869-9 |oclc=495479133}} Natural hybrids will occur in hybrid zones, where two populations of species within the same genera or species living in the same or adjacent areas will interbreed with each other. Some hybrids have been recognized as species, such as the red wolf (though this is controversial).JOURNAL, An account of the taxonomy of North American wolves from morphological and genetic analyses, 2012, North American Fauna, 77, 2, 10.3996/nafa.77.0001, Chambers, Steven M., Fain, Steven R., Fazio, Bud, Amaral, Michael, Artificial selection, the deliberate selective breeding of domestic animals, is being used to breed back recently extinct animals in an attempt to achieve an animal breed with a phenotype that resembles that extinct wildtype ancestor. A breeding-back (intraspecific) hybrid may be very similar to the extinct wildtype in appearance, ecological niche and to some extent genetics, but the initial gene pool of that wild type is lost forever with its extinction. As a result, bred-back breeds are at best vague look-alikes of extinct wildtypes, as Heck cattle are of the aurochs.BOOK, T., van Vuure, Retracing the Aurochs – History, Morphology and Ecology of an extinct wild Ox, 2005, 978-954-642-235-4, Pensoft Publishers, 940879282, Purebred wild species evolved to a specific ecology can be threatened with extinctionJOURNAL, Mooney, H. A., Cleland, E. E., 2001, The evolutionary impact of invasive species, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PNAS, 98, 10, 5446–5451, 10.1073/pnas.091093398, 11344292, 33232, 2001PNAS...98.5446M, through the process of genetic pollution, the uncontrolled hybridization, introgression genetic swamping which leads to homogenization or out-competition from the heterosic hybrid species.JOURNAL, Johannes J., Le Roux, Llewellyn C., Foxcroft, Marna, Herbst, Sandra, MacFadyen, 2014, Genetic analysis shows low levels of hybridization between African wildcats (Felis silvestris lybica) and domestic cats (F. s. catus) in South Africa, Ecology and Evolution, 5, 2, 288–299, 10.1002/ece3.1275, 4314262, 25691958, When new populations are imported or selectively bred by people, or when habitat modification brings previously isolated species into contact, extinction in some species, especially rare varieties, is possible.BOOK, Wilson, Andrew, Australia's state of the forests report, 107, 2003, Interbreeding can swamp the rarer gene pool and create hybrids, depleting the purebred gene pool. For example, the endangered wild water buffalo is most threatened with extinction by genetic pollution from the domestic water buffalo. Such extinctions are not always apparent from a morphological standpoint. Some degree of gene flow is a normal evolutionary process, nevertheless, hybridization threatens the existence of rare species.JOURNAL, Extinction by Hybridization and Introgression, J. M., Rhymer, D., Simberloff, Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics, November 1996, 27, 83–109, 10.1146/annurev.ecolsys.27.1.83, BOOK, Brad M., Potts, Robert C., Barbour, Andrew B., Hingston, 2001, Genetic pollution from farm forestry using eucalypt species and hybrids : a report for the RIRDC/L&WA/FWPRDC Joint Venture Agroforestry Program, Rural Industrial Research and Development Corporation of Australia, 978-0-642-58336-9, 48794104,


{{See also|Holocene extinction}}(File:Extinctions Africa Austrailia NAmerica Madagascar.gif|thumb|upright=1.4|Biodiversity of large mammal species per continent before and after humans arrived there)The loss of species from ecological communities, defaunation, is primarily driven by human activity. This has resulted in empty forests, ecological communities depleted of large vertebrates.BOOK, Essentials of Conservation Biology, Primack, Richard, Sinauer Associates, Inc. Publishers, 2014, 978-1-60535-289-3, Sunderland, MA, 217–245, 6, 876140621, JOURNAL, Vignieri, Sacha, 2014, Vanishing fauna, Science (journal), Science, 345, 6195, 392–395, 10.1126/science.345.6195.392, 25061199, In the Quaternary extinction event, the mass die-off of megafaunal variety coincided with the appearance of humans, suggesting a human influence. One hypothesis is that humans hunted large mammals, such as the woolly mammoth, into extinction.JOURNAL, David A., Burney, Timothy F., Flannery, 2005, Fifty millennia of catastrophic extinctions after human contact, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 20, 7, 395–401, 10.1016/j.tree.2005.04.022, 16701402,weblink bot: unknown,weblink" title="">weblink 2010-06-10, BOOK, Diamond, J., 1984, Historic extinctions: a Rosetta stone for understanding prehistoric extinctions, Quaternary extinctions: A prehistoric revolution, Martin, P. S., Klein, R. G., 824–862, Tucson, University of Arizona Press, 978-0-8165-1100-6, 10301944, The 2019 Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services by IPBES states that the total biomass of wild mammals has declined by 82 percent since the beginning of human civilization.NEWS, Watts, Jonathan, May 6, 2019, Human society under urgent threat from loss of Earth's natural life,weblink The Guardian, July 1, 2019, NEWS, McGrath, Matt, May 6, 2019, Nature crisis: Humans 'threaten 1m species with extinction',weblink BBC, July 1, 2019, Various species are predicted to become extinct in the near future,7 Iconic Animals Humans Are Driving to Extinction. Live Science. November 22, 2013. among them the rhinoceros,Poachers Drive Javan Rhino to Extinction in Vietnam by John R. Platt October 25, 2011 Scientific American primates,JOURNAL, Estrada, Alejandro, Garber, Paul A., Rylands, Anthony B., Roos, Christian, Fernandez-Duque, Eduardo, Di Fiore, Anthony, Anne-Isola Nekaris, K., Nijman, Vincent, Heymann, Eckhard W., Lambert, Joanna E., Rovero, Francesco, Barelli, Claudia, Setchell, Joanna M., Gillespie, Thomas R., Mittermeier, Russell A., Arregoitia, Luis Verde, de Guinea, Miguel, Gouveia, Sidney, Dobrovolski, Ricardo, Shanee, Sam, Shanee, Noga, Boyle, Sarah A., Fuentes, Agustin, MacKinnon, Katherine C., Amato, Katherine R., Meyer, Andreas L. S., Wich, Serge, Sussman, Robert W., Pan, Ruliang, Kone, Inza, Li, Baoguo, January 18, 2017, Impending extinction crisis of the world's primates: Why primates matter,weblink Science Advances, 3, 1, e1600946, 10.1126/sciadv.1600946, 5242557, 28116351, pangolins,NEWS,weblink Pangolins: why this cute prehistoric mammal is facing extinction, Martin, Fletcher, January 31, 2015, The Telegraph, and giraffes.NEWS,weblink Giraffes facing extinction after devastating decline, experts warn, Damian, Carrington, December 8, 2016, The Guardian, Hunting alone threatens hundreds of mammalian species around the world.WEB,weblink People are hunting primates, bats, and other mammals to extinction, Elizabeth, Pennisi, October 18, 2016, Science (magazine), Science, 3 February 2017, JOURNAL,weblink William J., Ripple, Katharine, Abernethy, Matthew G., Betts, Guillaume, Chapron, Rodolfo, Dirzo, Mauro, Galetti, Taal, Levi, Peter A., Lindsey, David W., Macdonald, Brian, Machovina, Thomas M., Newsome, Carlos A., Peres, Arian D., Wallach, Christopher, Wolf, Hillary, Young, 2016, Bushmeat hunting and extinction risk to the world's mammals, Royal Society Open Science, 3, 10, 1–16, 10.1098/rsos.160498, 27853564, 5098989, 1893/24446, 2016RSOS....360498R, Scientists claim that the growing demand for meat is contributing to biodiversity loss as this is a significant driver of deforestation and habitat destruction; species-rich habitats, such as significant portions of the Amazon rainforest, are being converted to agricultural land for meat production.JOURNAL, Mark, Williams, Jan, Zalasiewicz, P. K., Haff, Christian, Schwägerl, Anthony D., Barnosky, Erle C., Ellis, 2015, The Anthropocene Biosphere, The Anthropocene Review, 2, 3, 196–219, 10.1177/2053019615591020, WEB,weblink Meat-eaters may speed worldwide species extinction, study warns, Virginia, Morell, August 11, 2015, Science (magazine), Science, 3 February 2017, JOURNAL, B., Machovina, K. J., Feeley, W. J., Ripple, 2015, Biodiversity conservation: The key is reducing meat consumption, Science of the Total Environment, 536, 419–431, 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.07.022, 26231772, 2015ScTEn.536..419M, According to the World Wildlife Fund's 2016 Living Planet Index, global wildlife populations have declined 58% since 1970, primarily due to habitat destruction, over-hunting and pollution. They project that if current trends continue, 67% of wildlife could disappear by 2020.NEWS,weblink World on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020, major report warns, The Guardian, 3 February 2017, The Guardian, 2016-10-26, Carrington, Damian, REPORT,weblink Report 2016: risk and resilience in a new era, Living Planet, World Wildlife Fund, 978-2-940529-40-7, 961331618, 1–148, Another influence is over-hunting and poaching, which can reduce the overall population of game animals,JOURNAL, Redford, K. H., 1992, The empty forest, BioScience, 42, 6, 412–422,weblink 10.2307/1311860, 1311860, especially those located near villages,BOOK, Peres, Carlos A., Hilton S., Nascimento, Human Exploitation and Biodiversity Conservation, Impact of Game Hunting by the Kayapo´ of South-eastern Amazonia: Implications for Wildlife Conservation in Tropical Forest Indigenous Reserves, Topics in Biodiversity and Conservation, 3, 8, 2006, 287–313, 978-1-4020-5283-5, 207259298, as in the case of peccaries.JOURNAL, Altrichter, M., Boaglio, G., Distribution and Relative Abundance of Peccaries in the Argentine Chaco: Associations with Human Factors, Biological Conservation, 116, 2, 2004, 217–225, 10.1016/S0006-3207(03)00192-7, The effects of poaching can especially be seen in the ivory trade with African elephants.WEB, IUCN Red List of Threatened Species,weblink African Elephant, 3 February 2017,weblink" title="">weblink 28 July 2018, dead, Marine mammals are at risk from entanglement from fishing gear, notably cetaceans, with discard mortalities ranging from 65,000 to 86,000 individuals annually.BOOK,weblink Bycatch of Marine Mammals, A global assessment of fisheries bycatch and discards, D. L., Alverson, M. H., Freeburg, S. A., Murawski, J. G., Pope, 1996, 1994, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, 978-92-5-103555-9, 31424005, Attention is being given to endangered species globally, notably through the Convention on Biological Diversity, otherwise known as the Rio Accord, which includes 189 signatory countries that are focused on identifying endangered species and habitats.BOOK, Glowka, Lyle, Françoise, Burhenne-Guilmin, Hugh, Synge, Jeffrey A., McNeely, Lothar, Gündling, IUCN environmental policy and law paper, Guide to the Convention on Biodiversity, 1994, International Union for Conservation of Nature, 978-2-8317-0222-3, 32201845, Another notable conservation organization is the IUCN, which has a membership of over 1,200 governmental and non-governmental organizations.WEB,weblink About IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, 3 February 2017, 2014-12-03, Recent extinctions can be directly attributed to human influences.JOURNAL, Ceballos, Gerardo, Ehrlich, Paul R., Barnosky, Anthony D., García, Andrés, Pringle, Robert M., Palmer, Todd M., 2015, Accelerated modern human–induced species losses: Entering the sixth mass extinction, Science Advances, 1, 5, e1400253,weblink 10.1126/sciadv.1400253, 26601195, 4640606, 2015SciA....1E0253C, JOURNAL, Dirzo, Rodolfo, Hillary S., Young, Mauro, Galetti, Gerardo, Ceballos, Nick J. B., Isaac, Ben, Collen, Defaunation in the Anthropocene, Science (journal), Science, 2014, 10.1126/science.1251817, 25061202, 345, 6195, 401–406,weblink 2014Sci...345..401D, The IUCN characterizes 'recent' extinction as those that have occurred past the cut-off point of 1500,JOURNAL, Diana O., Fisher, Simon P., Blomberg, 2011, Correlates of rediscovery and the detectability of extinction in mammals, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 278, 1708, 1090–1097, 10.1098/rspb.2010.1579, 3049027, 20880890, and around 80 mammal species have gone extinct since that time and 2015.BOOK, Ceballos, G., Ehrlich, A. H., Ehrlich, P. R., 2015, The Annihilation of Nature: Human Extinction of Birds and Mammals, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 978-1-4214-1718-9, 69, Some species, such as the Père David's deer{{IUCN2008|assessor=Zhigang, J. |assessor2=Harris, R. B. |year=2008 |title=Elaphurus davidianus |id=7121 |downloaded=2012-05-20}} are extinct in the wild, and survive solely in captive populations. Other species, such as the Florida panther, are ecologically extinct, surviving in such low numbers that they essentially have no impact on the ecosystem.BOOK, {{Google books, yes, hBntufCOxAsC, 318, |first=Michael L. |last=McKinney |first2=Robert|last2=Schoch |first3=Logan |last3=Yonavjak |year=2013 |title=Environmental Science: Systems and Solutions|edition=5|chapter=Conserving Biological Resources |publisher=Jones & Bartlett Learning|isbn=978-1-4496-6139-7|oclc=777948078}}{{rp|318}} Other populations are only locally extinct (extirpated), still existing elsewhere, but reduced in distribution,{{rp|75–77}} as with the extinction of gray whales in the Atlantic.BOOK, Encyclopedia of marine mammals, 404, 2009, Academic Press, 978-0-12-373553-9, Perrin, William F., Würsig, Bernd G., Hans Thewissen, Thewissen, J. G. M., 455328678,



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Further reading

  • JOURNAL, Brown W.M., 2001, Natural selection of mammalian brain components, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 16, 9, 471–473, 10.1016/S0169-5347(01)02246-7,
  • JOURNAL, Khalaf-von, Jaffa, Norman Ali Bassam Ali, Taher, 2006, Mammalia Palaestina: The Mammals of Palestine, The Palestinian Biological Bulletin, 55, 1–46,
  • BOOK, McKenna, Malcolm C., Bell, Susan K., 1997, Classification of Mammals Above the Species Level, Columbia University Press, New York, 978-0-231-11013-6, 37345734, {{Google books, yes, id=zS7FZkzIw-cC, }}
  • BOOK, Ronald M., Nowak, 1999, Walker's mammals of the world, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 6, 978-0-8018-5789-8, 937619124, {{Google books, yes, T37sFCl43E8C, }}
  • JOURNAL, Simpson, George Gaylord, 1945, The principles of classification and a classification of mammals, Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 85, 1–350,
  • JOURNAL, William J., Murphy, Eduardo, Eizirik, Stephen J., O'Brien, Ole, Madsen, Mark, Scally, Christophe J., Douady, Emma, Teeling, Oliver A., Ryder, Michael J., Stanhope, Wilfried W., de Jong, Mark S., Springer, 2001, Resolution of the Early Placental Mammal Radiation Using Bayesian Phylogenetics, Science, 294, 5550, 2348–2351, 10.1126/science.1067179, 11743200, 2001Sci...294.2348M,
  • JOURNAL, Springer, Mark S., Michael J., Stanhope, Ole, Madsen, Wilfried W., de Jong, 2004, Molecules consolidate the placental mammal tree, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 19, 8, 430–438,weblink 10.1016/j.tree.2004.05.006, 16701301,
  • BOOK, Vaughan, Terry A., James M., Ryan, Nicholas J., Capzaplewski, 2000, Mammalogy, 4, Saunders College Publishing, Fort Worth, Texas, 978-0-03-025034-7, 42285340,
  • JOURNAL, Ole Kriegs, Jan, Churakov, Gennady, Kiefmann, Martin, Jordan, Ursula, Brosius, Juergen, Schmitz, Juergen, 2006, Retroposed Elements as Archives for the Evolutionary History of Placental Mammals, PLoS Biol, 4, 4, e91, 10.1371/journal.pbio.0040091, 16515367, 1395351,
  • BOOK, David W., MacDonald, Sasha, Norris, 2006, The Encyclopedia of Mammals, 3, Brown Reference Group, London, 978-0-681-45659-4, 74900519,

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