My research addresses mammalian anatomy, diversity, and evolution through the Cenozoic era (66 Mya – present). I am interested in understanding the relationship between morphological variation and functional and ecological factors, what evolutionary processes are acting on a given clade, and how changes in diversity and evolutionary rates are related to ecology and adaptation.
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Rose KD, Holbrook LT, Rana RS, Kumar K, Jones KE, Ahrens HE, Missiaen P, Sahni A, and Smith T. 2014. Early Eocene Fossils Suggest the Mammalian Order Perissodactyla Originated in India. Nature Communications 5: 5570. DOI:10.1038/ncomms6570
Ahrens HE. 2014. Morphometric study of phylogenetic and ecologic signals in procyonid (Mammalia: Carnivora) endocasts. The Anatomical Record 297: 2318–2330. DOI: 10.1002/ar.22996