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Carnivoran Evolution : New Views on Phylogeny, Form and Function - Anjali Goswami

Carnivoran Evolution

New Views on Phylogeny, Form and Function

By: Anjali Goswami (Editor), Anthony Friscia (Editor)

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Published: 31st July 2010
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Members of the mammalian clade Carnivora have invaded nearly every continent and ocean, evolving into bamboo-eating pandas, clam-eating walruses and of course, flesh-eating sabre-toothed cats. With this ecological, morphological and taxonomic diversity and a fossil record spanning over sixty million years, Carnivora has proven to be a model clade for addressing questions of broad evolutionary significance. This volume brings together top international scientists with contributions that focus on current advances in our understanding of carnivoran relationships, ecomorphology and macroevolutionary patterns. Topics range from the palaeoecology of the earliest fossil carnivorans to the influences of competition and constraint on diversity and biogeographic distributions. Several studies address ecomorphological convergences among carnivorans and other mammals with morphometric and Finite Element analyses, while others consider how new molecular and palaeontological data have changed our understanding of carnivoran phylogeny. Combined, these studies also illustrate the diverse suite of approaches and questions in evolutionary biology and palaeontology.

"The language and many of the chosen chapters are written for the scientist; specifically, the paleomammalogist that is interested in select details. For this audience and this audience alone, the volume is without question a worthwhile addition to the library." Richard A. Kissel, American Paleontologist

Introduction to carnivora
Phylogeny of the carnivora and carnivoramorpha, and the use of the fossil record to enhance understanding of evolutionary transformations
Phylogeny of the viverridae and 'viverrid-like' feliforms
Molecular and morphological evidence for ailuridae and a review of its genera
The influence of character correlations on phylogenetic analyses: a case study of the carnivoran cranium
What's the difference?: a multiphasic allometric analysis of fossil and living lions
Evolution in carnivora: identifying a morphological bias
The biogeography of carnivore ecomorphology
Comparative ecomorphology and biogeography of herpestidae and viverridae (carnivora) in Africa and Asia
Ecomorphological analysis of carnivore guilds in the Eocene through Miocene of Laurasia
Ecomorphology of North American Eocene carnivores: evidence for competition between carnivorans and creodonts
Morphometric analysis of cranial morphology in pinnipeds (mammalia, carnivora): convergence, ecology, ontogeny, and dimorphism
Tiptoeing through the trophics: geographic variation in carnivoran locomotor ecomorphology in relation to environment
Interpreting sabretooth cat (carnivora; felidae; machairodontinae) postcranial morphology in light of scaling patterns in felids
Cranial mechanics of mammalian carnivores: recent advances using a finite element approach
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ISBN: 9780521515290
ISBN-10: 0521515297
Series: Cambridge Studies in Morphology and Molecules: New Paradigms in Evolutionary Bio
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 506
Published: 31st July 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 18.2  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.82