7 Works

Data from an experimental study to determine the impact of snow hardness on lemming locomotion

Mathilde Poirier, Dominique Fauteux, Gilles Gauthier, Florent Dominé & Jean-François Lamarre
Lemmings are an essential link of the Arctic food web as they are the main prey of many predators inhabiting these regions. These small rodents exhibiting cyclic fluctuation of their population can stay active throughout the winter and must dig a network of tunnels in the snow to reach vegetation on which they are feeding. Therefore, snow hardness where they dig has the potential to affect their effort while digging as well as their performance....

Data from: An Appalachian population of neochoristoderes (Diapsida: Choristodera) elucidated through fossil evidence and ecological niche modeling

Thomas Dudgeon, Zoe Landry, Wayne Callahan, Carl Mehling & Steven Ballwanz
Four neochoristoderan vertebral centra are described from the latest Cretaceous of New Jersey. One specimen was recovered from the basal transgressive lag of the Navesink Formation in the area of Holmdel Park, New Jersey, and two others were recovered nearby and likely were derived from the same horizon. The fourth was recovered from the Marshalltown sequence in the vicinity of the Ellisdale Dinosaur Site. These vertebrae expand the geographic range of Late Cretaceous neochoristoderes in...

Ancient horse genomes reveal the timing and extent of dispersals across the Bering Land Bridge

Alisa Vershinina, Peter Heintzman, Duane Froese, Grant Zazula, Molly Cassatt-Johnstone, Love Dalén, Clio Der Sarkissian, Shelby Dunn, Luca Ermini, Cristina Gamba, Pamela Groves, Joshua Kapp, Daniel Mann, Andaine Seguin-Orlando, John Southon, Mathias Stiller, Matthew Wooller, Gennady Baryshnikov, Dmitry Gimranov, Eric Scott, Elizabeth Hall, Susan Hewitson, Irina Kirillova, Pavel Kosintsev, Fedor Shidlovsky … & Beth Shapiro
The Bering Land Bridge (BLB) last connected Eurasia and North America during the Pleistocene. Although the BLB would have enabled transfers of terrestrial biota in both directions, it also acted as an ecological filter whose permeability varied considerably over time. Here we explore the possible impacts of this ecological corridor on genetic diversity within, and connectivity among, populations of a once wide-ranging group, the caballine horses (Equus spp.). Using a panel of 187 mitochondrial and...

Data from: A unique, large-sized stem-Odonata (Insecta) found in the early Pennsylvanian of New Brunswick (Canada)

Olivier Béthoux, Rowan E. Norrad, Matthew Stimson, Olivia King, Luke F. Allen, Isabelle Deregnaucourt, Steven J. Hinds, Jake H. Lewis & Jörg W. Schneider
A stem-relative of dragon- and damselflies, Brunellopteron norradi Béthoux, Deregnaucourt and Norrad gen. et spec. nov., is documented based on a specimen found at Robertson Point (Grand Lake, New Brunswick, Canada; Sunburry Creek Formation; early Moscovian, Pennsylvanian) and preserving the basal half of a hindwing. A comparative analysis of the evolution of wing venation in early odonates demonstrates that it belongs to a yet poorly documented subset of species. Specifically, it displays a MP+CuA fusion,...

Capture-recapture dataset of Svalbard voles (1990-2007) with trap locations and rain-on-snow measurements

Dominique Fauteux, Audun Stien, Nigel G. Yoccoz, Eva Fuglei & Rolf A. Ims
Ecologists are still puzzled by the diverse population dynamics of herbivorous small mammals that range from high-amplitude, multi-annual cycles to stable dynamics. Theory predicts that this diversity results from combinations of climatic seasonality, weather stochasticity and density-dependent food web interactions. The almost ubiquitous 3-5-yr cycles in boreal and arctic climates may theoretically result from bottom-up (plant-herbivore) and top-down (predator-prey) interactions. Assessing empirically the roles of such interactions, and how they are influenced by environmental stochasticity,...

A new model of forelimb ecomorphology for predicting the ancient habitats of fossil turtles

Thomas Dudgeon, Marissa Livius, Noel Alfonso, Stéphanie Tessier & Jordan Mallon
Various morphological proxies have been used to infer habitat preferences among fossil turtles and their early ancestors, but most are tightly linked to phylogeny, thereby minimizing their predictive power. One particularly widely used model incorporates linear measurements of the forelimb (humerus + ulna + manus) but, in addition to the issue of phylogenetic correlation, it does not estimate the likelihood of habitat assignment. Here, we introduce a new model that uses intramanual measurements (digit III...

Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) enamel phosphate δ18O values reflect climate seasonality: implications for paleoclimate reconstruction

Danielle Fraser, Mark Clementz, Jeffrey Welker & Sora Kim
Stable oxygen isotope compositions from vertebrate tooth enamel are commonly used as biogeochemical proxies for paleoclimate reconstructions. However, the utility of enamel isotopic values across species varies due to differences in rates of enamel deposition and mineralization as well as sources of ingested water, body water residence times, and species’ physiology. We evaluate the use of stable oxygen isotope compositions from pronghorn (Antilocapra americana Gray, 1866) enamel for the amplitude reconstruction of terrestrial paleoclimate seasonality....

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  • Canadian Museum of Nature
  • The Arctic University of Norway
  • Carleton University
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • University of California, Merced
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  • University of Wyoming
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  • University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • University of Alaska System