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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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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

Contributorsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Introduction to Carnivorap. 1
Phylogeny of the Carnivora and Carnivoramorpha, and the use of the fossil record to enhance understanding of evolutionary transformationsp. 25
Phylogeny of the Viverridae and 'Viverrid-like' feliformsp. 64
Molecular and morphological evidence for Ailuridae and a review of its generap. 92
The influence of character correlations on phylogenetic analyses: a case study of the carnivoran craniump. 141
What's the difference? A multiphasic allometric analysis of fossil and living lionsp. 165
Evolution in Carnivora: identifying a morphological biasp. 189
The biogeography of carnivore ecomorphologyp. 225
Comparative ecomorphology and biogeography of Herpestidae and Viverridae (Carnivora) in Africa and Asiap. 246
Ecomorphological analysis of carnivore guilds in the Eocene through Miocene of Laurasiap. 269
Ecomorphology of North American Eocene carnivores: evidence for competition between Carnivorans and Creodontsp. 311
Morphometric analysis of cranial morphology in pinnipeds (Mammalia, Carnivora): convergence, ecology, ontogeny, and dimorphismp. 342
Tiptoeing through the trophics: geographic variation in carnivoran locomotor ecomorphology in relation to environmentp. 374
Interpreting sabretooth cat (Carnivora; Felidae; Machairodontinae) postcranial morphology in light of scaling patterns in felidsp. 411
Cranial mechanics of mammalian carnivores: recent advances using a finite element approachp. 466
Indexp. 486
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ISBN: 9780521735865
ISBN-10: 0521735866
Series: Cambridge Studies in Morphology and Molecules: New Paradigms in Evolutionary Bio
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 506
Published: 1st September 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.4  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 1.0
Edition Number: 1