Data from: Divergent evolutionary morphology of the axial skeleton as a potential key innovation in modern cetaceans

Amandine Gillet, Bruno Frederich & Eric Parmentier
Cetaceans represent the most diverse clade of extant marine tetrapods. Although restructuring of oceans could have contributed to their diversity, other factors might also be involved. Similar to ichthyosaurs and sharks, variation of morphological traits could have promoted the colonization of new ecological niches and supported their diversification. By combining morphological data describing the axial skeleton of 73 cetacean species with phylogenetic comparative methods, we demonstrate that the vertebral morphology of cetaceans is associated to...
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