Functional Morphology of the Invertebrate Skeleton / Edition 1

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Functional morphology is the relationship between the form and the function of an organism, seen in an adaptive and evolutionary context. This book deals with the functional morphology of the invertebrate skeleton, and concentrates on the taxonomic groups that are of greatest interest to the palaeontologist. Coverage of a broad variety of fossil as well as living invertebrates is included. Each group is treated by a specialist, providing a thorough and up-to-date review of the field. In addition to this general treatment, several short sections deal with topical and detailed observations that are seldom covered in a general text. The book also contains extensive coverage of theoretical, experimental and practical aspects of research in functional morphology, including field and laboratory techniques, computer modelling and even illustration techniques. Functional Morphology of the Invertebrate Skeleton provides a thorough introduction and overview of the subject for the professional palaeontologist and biologist. It is sufficiently generic and comprehensive to be used as a student textbook and its up-to-date coverage of the latest research constitutes a much needed shelf reference and modern review of the field.

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Editorial Reviews

According to the editor's preface, the 43 contributed chapters in this book constitute "the broadest summary of functional morphology of the invertebrate skeleton available under a single cover since D'Arcy Thompson's [1917] classic." Topics include homology, homoplasy, and evolution in functional adaptation; three-dimensional accretional color patterns; flattened fossils, physical modelling, and the restoration of collapsed skeletons; functional analysis of disarticulated skeletal structures; anti-predator defenses of shelled gastropods; variation in the tensile strength of nacreous septa; the optimum biconvex brachiopod in the theoretical spectrum of shell form; kazacharthra; a few case histories of cirripeds; and feeding, skeletal structure, and musculature in Paleozoic Asteroids. The authors include paleontologists from Sweden, Japan, Germany, the US, the UK, China, Canada, and Australia. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471977766
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 718
  • Product dimensions: 7.64 (w) x 10.06 (h) x 1.99 (d)

Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:
Introduction to Functional Morphology (E. Savazzi).
Comparative Issues: Homology, Homoplasy and Evolution in Functional Adaptation (A. Minelli).
The Paradigm Method (C. Paul).
Invertebrate Structural Colours (A. Parker).
Conodonts: Functional Analysis of Disarticulated Skeletal Structures (M. Purnell).
Terrestrial Gastropods (C. Paul).
Anti-Predator Defences of Shelled Gastropods (A. Kohn).
Life Habits of Ammonoids (G. Westermann C. Tsujita).
Scaphopoda (E. Yochelson).
Function of External Skeletal Characteristics of Articulate Brachiopods (R. Alexander).
Function of Shell Microstructure and Internal Morphology of Articulate Brachiopods (R. Alexander).
The Theoretical Enigma of Non-Biconvex Brachiopod Shell Form (G. McGhee).
Morphological Consequences of Mass Extinction in Brachiopods: A Theoretical Perspective (G. McGhee).
Kazacharthra (K. McKenzie P. Chen).
Ostracods (K. McKenzie, et al.).
A Few Case Histories of Cirripeds (E. Savazzi).
The Trilobite Exoskeleton (R. Fortey R. Owens).
Echinoderms and Calcichordates (S. Donovan).
Serpulid Polychaetes (E. Savazzi).
Fossil Colonial Corals: Colony Type and Growth Form (G. Young).
Fossil Colonial Corals: Growth Patterns and Coral-Substrate Relationships (G. Young).

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