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    Université de Fribourg

    Digital reconstruction of the inner ear of Leptictidium auderiense (Leptictida, Mammalia) and North American leptictids reveals new insight into leptictidan locomotor agility

    Ruf, Irina ; Volpato, Virginie ; Rose, Kenneth D. ; Billet, Guillaume ; Muizon, Christian de ; Lehmann, Thomas

    In: Paläontologische Zeitschrift, 2016, vol. 90, no. 1, p. 153–171

    Leptictida are basal Paleocene to Oligocene eutherians from Europe and North America comprising species with highly specialized postcranial features including elongated hind limbs. Among them, the European Leptictidium was probably a bipedal runner or jumper. Because the semicircular canals of the inner ear are involved in detecting angular acceleration of the head, their morphometry can be...