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Body Size in Mammalian Paleobiology : Estimation and Biological Implications - John Damuth

Body Size in Mammalian Paleobiology

Estimation and Biological Implications

By: John Damuth (Editor), Bruce J. MacFadden (Editor)

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Published: 30th November 1990
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There is a growing interest in the biological implications of body size in animals. This parameter is now being used to make inferences and predictions about not only the habits and habitat of a particular species, but also as a way to understand patterns and biases in the fossil record. This valuable collection of essays presents and evaluates techniques of body-mass estimation and reviews current and potential applications of body-size estimates in paleobiology. Coverage is particularly detailed for carnivores, primates and ungulates, but information is also presented on marsupials, rodents and proboscideans. Body Size in Mammalian Paleobiology will prove useful to researchers and graduate students in paleontology, mammalogy, ecology and evolution programmes. It is designed to be both a practical handbook for researchers making and using body-size estimates, and a sourcebook of ideas for applying body size to paleontological problems and directions for future research.

"...reveals how much wider is the scope of palaeobiology than just humans and human origins, or even primates. It is a book with an honest approach, always vigilant that it is treading along a slippery path. Practioners of palaeobiology will find it useful for having assembled a recondite set of facts and for its deliberate cautiousness." Nature "...valuable because it identifies some of the promise and the problems of a new research program in paleobiology..." Quarterly Review of Biology "...provides a very useful and significant reference about a variety of mammalian groups and a variety of methodological approaches to the estimation of body size in these taxa." Matthew J. Ravosa, International Journal of Primatology

Introduction
The Biological Significance of Mammalian Body Size
The physiological significance of body size
The behavioral/ecological significance of body size
The functional anatomy of body weight
Evolutionary strategies and body size in a guild of mammals
The cotton rat model
The Estimation of Mammalian Body Mass
Methods and problems in estimating body size in fossil primates
Structural allometry of the lower limb bones in the Anthropoidea
Skeletal and dental predictors of body weight in carnivores
Estimates of body size for insular dwarf mammoths
Skeletal dimensions of ungulates as predictors of body weight
Correlation of body weight in ungulates with cranio-dental variables
Problems with using tooth size to estimate the body size of fossil mammals
Problems in estimating body masses of archaic fossil ungulates using dental measurements
Body-size estimates and size distribution of ungulates (Mammalia) from the Late Miocene Love Bone Bed, Florida
Summary: discussion and recommendations for body-mass estimation
Appendices: data and equations for body-mass estimation
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ISBN: 9780521360999
ISBN-10: 0521360994
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 412
Published: 30th November 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 15.9  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.77