Modern Morphometrics in Physical Anthropology / Edition 1

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Modern Morphometrics in Physical Anthropology provides a comprehensive sampling of the applications of modern, sophisticated methods of shape analysis in anthropology, and serves as a starting point for the exploration of these practices by students and researchers who might otherwise lack the local expertise or training to get started. This text is an important anthropological resource for anyone who employs morphometrics, including ecologists, evolutionary biologists, systematists, and medical researchers.
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"The chapters in Modern Morphometrics in Physical Anthropology are from a symposium at the 2002 meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. … It is a very valuable exposition of the strengths and bioanthropological applications of geometric morphometrics (GM). … The book is highly recommended … ." (Robert S. Corruccini, International Journal of Primatology, Vol. 27 (2), April, 2006)

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Table of Contents

1 Modern morphometrics 1
2 After landmarks 49
3 Semilandmarks in three dimensions 73
4 An alternative approach to space curve analysis using the example of the Neanderthal occipital bun 99
5 Correcting for the effect of orientation in geometric morphometric studies of side-view images of human heads 117
6 Fourier descriptors, procrustes superimposition, and data dimensionality : an example of cranial shape analysis in modern human populations 145
7 Problems with landmark-based morphometrics for fractal outlines : the case of frontal sinus ontogeny 167
8 An invariant approach to the study of fluctuating asymmetry : developmental instability in a mouse model for Down syndrome 187
9 Comparison of coordinate and craniometric data for biological distance studies 215
10 Assessing craniofacial secular change in American blacks and whites using geometric morphometry 231
11 Secular trends in craniofacial asymmetry studied by geometric morphometry and generalized procrustes methods 247
12 The morphological integration of the hominoid skull : a partial least squares and PC analysis with implications for European Middle Pleistocene mandibular variation 265
13 A geometric morphometric analysis of Late Pleistocene human metacarpal 1 base shape 285
14 A geometric morphometric assessment of the relationship between scapular variation and locomotion in African apes 299
15 Functional shape variation in the Cercopithecine masticatory complex 319
16 A geometric morphometric assessment of the hominoid supraorbital region : affinities of the Eurasian Miocene hominoids Dryopithecus, Graecopithecus, and Sivapithecus 349
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