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Functional Morphology in Vertebrate Paleontology
     

Functional Morphology in Vertebrate Paleontology

by Jeffrey J. Thomason (Editor)
 

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A crucial task for paleontologists and paleobiologists is the reconstruction of the appearance, movements, and behavior of extinct vertebrates from studies of their bones or other, more rarely preserved parts. A related issue is the boundary between the scientific evidence for reconstruction and the need to resort to imagination. In this book, sixteen

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A crucial task for paleontologists and paleobiologists is the reconstruction of the appearance, movements, and behavior of extinct vertebrates from studies of their bones or other, more rarely preserved parts. A related issue is the boundary between the scientific evidence for reconstruction and the need to resort to imagination. In this book, sixteen paleontologists and biologists discuss these questions, review the current status of functional studies of extinct vertebrates in the context of similar work on living animals, and present a broad philosophical view of the subject's development within the framework of phylogenetic analysis. The authors describe and debate methods for making realistic inferences of function in fossil vertebrates, and present examples where we may be confident that our reconstructions are both detailed and accurate.

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"This is an excellent, well-focused compendium, the best in at least a decade in this area of functional research. Highly recommended for both students and researchers." Choice

"Overall, this is a lot of book in a relatively small volume. It covers diverse topics. all more-or-less addressed to the central theme of functional morphology, but with a lot of basic vertebrate anatomy included. There is much I would presume any paleontologist may learn in here, and highly recommended this book for both graduate students and professional paleontologist." David R. Schwimmer, Palaios

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521629218
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2007
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
277
Sales rank:
1,026,375
Product dimensions:
8.46(w) x 10.98(h) x 0.63(d)

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