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Morphometrics : Applications in Biology and Paleontology - Ashraf M. T. Elewa


Applications in Biology and Paleontology

By: Ashraf M. T. Elewa (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 25th May 2004
ISBN: 9783540214298
Number Of Pages: 264

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Morphometrics is one of the most dynamic and popular fields on the contemporary biological scene. Focusing, as it does, on the quantitative characterization and analysis of morphological data, students increasingly see morphometrics as a necessary complement to molecular studies in their quests to understand the origin and maintenance of biodiversity. Moreover, morphometrics has recently been shown to have direct utility in phylogenetic contexts, by both finding new, and sharpening the definition of old, character states. At this juncture in the fields development, a more up-to-date and thorough treatment of the use of morphometric procedures in a wide variety of contexts is needed. The book in hand, Morphometrics provides such answers to real-world questions for real-world systematists.

Introductionp. 1
Application of geometric morphometrics to the study of shape polymorphism in Eocene ostracodes from Egypt and Spainp. 7
Morphometric analysis of population differentiation and sexual dimorphism in the blue spiny lobster Panulirus inflatus (Bouvier 1895) from NW Mexicop. 29
The effect of alcohol and freezing preservation on carapace size and shape in Liocarcinus depurator (Crustacea, Brachyura)p. 45
Allometric field decomposition - an attempt at morphogenetic morphometricsp. 55
A combined landmark and outline-based approach to ontogenetic shape change in the Ordovician trilobite Triarthrus beckip. 67
Morphological analysis of two- and three-dimensional images of branching sponges and coralsp. 83
Geometric morphometric analysis of head shape variation in four species of hammerhead sharks (Carcharhiniformes : Sphyrnidae)p. 97
Morphometric stock structure of the Pacific sardine Sardinops sagax (Jenyns, 1842) off Baja California, Mexicop. 115
Sauropod tracks - a geometric morphometric studyp. 129
Morphometric approach to Titanosauriformes (Sauropoda, Dinosauria) femora : implications to the paleobiogeographic analysisp. 143
Geometric morphometrics in macroevolution : morphological diversity of the skull in modern avian forms in contrast to some theropod dinosaursp. 157
Correlation of foot sole morphology with locomotion bebavior and substrate use in four passerine generap. 175
Meximum-likelihood identification of fossils : taxonomic identification of Quaternary marmots (Rodentia, Mammalia) and identification of vertebral position in the pipesnake Cylindrophis (Serpentes, Reptilia)p. 197
Geometric morphometrics of the upper antemolar row configuration in the brown-toothed shrews of the genus Sorex (Mammalia)p. 223
Geometric morphometrics in paleoanthropology : Mandibular shape variation, allometry, and the evolution of modern human skull morphologyp. 231
3-D geometric morphometric analysis of temporal bone landmarks in Neanderthals and modern humansp. 245
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ISBN: 9783540214298
ISBN-10: 3540214291
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 25th May 2004
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.27