Functional Morphology in Vertebrate Paleontology (Paperback)
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Functional Morphology in Vertebrate Paleontology (Paperback)

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Paperback 296 Pages / Published: 28/10/1997
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How well can we reconstruct the appearance, movements and behavior of extinct vertebrates from studies of their bones and other, more rarely preserved parts? Where 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 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 robust inferences of function in fossil vertebrates, and present examples where we may be confident that our reconstructions are both detailed and accurate. The detailed studies are placed in the context of their contribution to the understanding of evolutionary processes and will be valuable reading for vertebrate paleontologists, comparative anatomists and evolutionary biologists.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521629218
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 520 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... as a discussion of the major developments in the past decade or so, particularly in the move towards more testing and robustness of interpretation, this is an invaluable text.' New Scientist
'... for graduate study and serious research, this is an important collection of bench-mark papers ... A rich seam to be mined for a long period of study.' Arthur Cruikshank, Open University Geological Society Journal
"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

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