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Re: A QUESTION CONCERNING RTs IN NAKED MOLE RATS
Jeffery Martz writes:
>Peter Bucholtz writes:
>> That is, do Naked Mole Rats [_Heterocephalus glaber_] even have respitory
>> turbinates at all? If they are so useless to ectotherms as Ruben et al
>> claim, then there should be no use for them in ectothermic NMRs.
> Even if they are present, they may well just be a useless ancestral
>feature that hasn't had time to atrophy.
Anyone know when NMR's made the transition to a fully "sub-terrestrial"
lifestyle? This may help us to see (assuming we find RT's in NMR's) whether
the feature is similar to our appendix, or if it has a current use. If it was
a recent transition to it's current lifestyle, then the former is more likely.
As always, when in doubt, take it to the lab.
Orphan Vertebrate Paleontologist
"May God stand between you and harm in all the empty places you must walk."