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Temporal range: Paleocene - Recent
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Dormouse (Gliridae)
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Clade: Exafroplacentalia
Magnorder: Boreoeutheria
Superorder: Euarchontoglires
(unranked): Glires
Linnaeus, 1758

Glires (Latin glīrēs, dormice) is a clade (sometimes ranked as a grandorder) consisting of rodents and lagomorphs (rabbits, hares, and pikas). The hypothesis that these form a monophyletic group has been long debated based on morphological evidence, although recent morphological studies strongly support the monophyly of Glires.[1][2] In particular, the discovery of new fossil material of basal members of Glires, particularly the genera Mimotona, Gomphos, Heomys, Matutinia, Rhombomylus, and Sinomylus, has helped to bridge the gap between more typical rodents and lagomorphs.[2][3] Data based on nuclear DNA support Glires as a sister of Euarchonta to form Euarchontoglires,[4][5] but some genetic data from both nuclear and mitochondrial DNA have been less supportive.[6] A study investigating retrotransposon presence/absence data unambiguously supports the Glires hypothesis.[7] Recent studies place Scandentia as sister of the Glires, invalidating Euarchonta.[8][9]


Scandentia (treeshrews)Die Säugthiere in Abbildungen nach der Natur, mit Beschreibungen (Plate 34) (white background).jpg


Rodentia (rodents)Ruskea rotta.png

Lagomorpha (rabbits, hares, pikas)Bruno Liljefors - Hare studies 1885 white background.jpg


Dermoptera (flying lemurs)Cynocephalus volans Brehm1883 (white background).jpg

Primates (†Plesiadapiformes, Strepsirrhini, Haplorrhini)Cynocephalus doguera - 1700-1880 - Print - Iconographia Zoologica - Special Collections University of Amsterdam - (white background).tiff


  1. ^ Meng & Wyss 2001.
  2. ^ a b Meng 2003.
  3. ^ Asher 2005.
  4. ^ Murphy 2001.
  5. ^ Madsen 2001.
  6. ^ Arnason 2002.
  7. ^ Kriegs 2007.
  8. ^ Meredith, Robert W.; Janečka, Jan E.; Gatesy, John; Ryder, Oliver A.; Fisher, Colleen A.; Teeling, Emma C.; Goodbla, Alisha; Eizirik, Eduardo; Simão, Taiz L. L. (2011-10-28). "Impacts of the Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolution and KPg Extinction on Mammal Diversification". Science. 334 (6055): 521–524. doi:10.1126/science.1211028. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 21940861.
  9. ^ Zhou, Xuming; Sun, Fengming; Xu, Shixia; Yang, Guang; Li, Ming (2015-03-01). "The position of tree shrews in the mammalian tree: Comparing multi-gene analyses with phylogenomic results leaves monophyly of Euarchonta doubtful". Integrative Zoology. 10 (2): 186–198. doi:10.1111/1749-4877.12116. ISSN 1749-4877.