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A Guide to Rodent Phylogeny by Albertonykus A Guide to Rodent Phylogeny by Albertonykus
If you'd told me that my first spiritual successor to The Cartoon Guide to Vertebrate Evolution would be about rodents, I wouldn't have believed you either. However, between Rodent Week on Twitter and a secret project* I've been working on, I've had rodents on my mind a lot lately.

*No longer a secret.

This diagram covers most extant rodent lineages, though I left out a few "minor" groups (usually consisting only of a few poorly-studied species). Nothing is to scale (except the capybara and guinea pig, roughly). Despite accounting for about 40% of extant mammalian species, rodent diversity frequently goes underappreciated, but I think many species are ecologically and evolutionarily very interesting... for mammals, at least.

To address the inevitable "Which group will you cover next?" and "Will you do X group?" questions, it's all up in the air for now. I made this very much as a spur-of-the-moment thing; whatever is next in the series (if anything) will likely be borne out of similarly fortuitous circumstances.
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting to see how they are all related to each other. 
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Dennonyx Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2017   Traditional Artist
Amazing work.  I don't like when people treat rodents as all equals. There are enormous differences among them, also ethologically.
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:iconalbertonykus:
Albertonykus Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2017
Thanks, and agreed!
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Tigon1Monster Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2017
Are you going to do any extinct ones?
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:iconalbertonykus:
Albertonykus Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2017
Extinct rodents? The problem is the rodent fossil record is mostly jaws and teeth. Exceptions exist, of course, but including only taxa known from decent body fossils likely wouldn't give a very good account of their diversity.
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Tigon1Monster Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2017
What about the Majorcan giant dormouse?
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:iconalbertonykus:
Albertonykus Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2017
Like I said, "exceptions exist". ;)
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:icontigon1monster:
Tigon1Monster Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2017
You think you could draw those like this?
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:iconalbertonykus:
Albertonykus Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2017
Could I? Probably. Would I? Eh. Never say never, but I have no immediate plans to do so.
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Tigon1Monster Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2017
Okay. Just Asking.
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