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Mammalian Evolutionary Morphology

A Tribute to Frederick S. Szalay

Sargis, Eric J., Dagosto, Marian (Eds.)

2008, XXVIII, 441 p.

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  • Celebrating the contributions of Dr. Frederick S. Szalay to the field of mammalian evolutionary morphology
  • Features emphasized subjects such as the evolution and adaptation of mammals
  • Provides up-to-date articles on the evolutionary morphology of a wide range of mammalian groups

This book acknowledges and celebrates the contributions of Dr. Frederick S. Szalay to the field of Mammalian Evolutionary Morphology. Professor Szalay has published about 200 articles, six monographs, and six books on this subject. He is a strong advocate for biologically and evolutionarily meaningful character analysis, which, in his view, can be accomplished only through an integrated strategy of functional, adaptational, and historical analysis. The articles in this book employ this strategy to address a wide range of problems in mammalian and primate evolution.

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A tribute to Professor Frederick S. Szalay, and a state-of-the-art overview of many of his favorite topics in primate and mammalian morphology and paleontology.

Philip Gingerich, University of Michigan, USA

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Adaptation - Mammalia - Mammals - Morphology - Primates - Systematics - evolution - phylogeny

Related subjects » Animal Sciences - Anthropology & Archaeology - Evolutionary & Developmental Biology - Geology

Table of contents 

Section 1: Non-primate Mammals 1. Earliest evidence of Deltatheroida (Mammalia: Metatheria) from the Early Cretaceous of North America Brian M. Davis, Richard L. Cifelli, and Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska 2. Evolution of hind limb proportions in kangaroos (Marsupialia: Macropodoidea) Benjamin P. Kear, Michael S. Y. Lee, Wayne R. Gerdtz, and Tim F. Flannery 3. Changing views in paleontology: the story of a giant (Megatherium, Xenarthra) Christine Argot 4. Evolutionary morphology of the Tenrecoidea (Mammalia) forelimb skeleton Justine A. Salton and Eric J. Sargis 5. Postcranial morphology of Apheliscus and Haplomylus (Condylarthra, Apheliscidae): evidence for a Paleocene Holarctic origin of Macroscelidea Tonya A. Penkrot, Shawn P. Zack, Kenneth D. Rose, and Jonathan I. Bloch 6. Postcranial skeleton of the Upper Paleocene (Itaboraian) 'Condylarthra' (Mammalia) of the Itaboraí Basin, Brazil Lilian P. Berqvist 7. Postcranial osteology of mammals from Salla, Bolivia (late Oligocene): form, function, and phylogenetic implications Bruce J. Shockey and Frederico Anaya 8. Evolution of the proximal third phalanx in Oligocene-Miocene equids, and the utility of phalangeal indices in phylogeny reconstruction Jay A. O'Sullivan 9. Adaptive zones and the pinniped ankle: a three-dimensional quantitative analysis of carnivoran tarsal evolution P. David Polly Section 2: Primates 10. The biogeographic origins of Primates and Euprimates: East, West, North, or South of Eden? Mary T. Silcox 11. Evaluating the mitten-gliding hypothesis for Paromomyidae and Micromomyidae (Mammalia, 'Plesiadapiformes') using comparative functional morphology of new Paleogene skeletons Douglas M. Boyer and Jonathan I. Bloch 12. Morphological diversity in the skulls of large adapines (Primates, Adapiformes) and its systematic implications Marc Godinot and Sébastien Couette 13. Primate tibiae from the middle Eocene Shanghuang fissure-fillings of eastern China Marian Dagosto, Daniel L. Gebo, Xijun Ni, Tao Qi, and K. Christopher Beard 14. Rooneyia, postorbital closure, and the beginnings of the Age of Anthropoidea Alfred L. Rosenberger, Russell Hogg, and Sai Man Wong 15. Epitensoric position of the chorda tympani in Anthropoidea: a new synapomorphic character, with remarks on the fissura Glaseri in Primates Wolfgang Maier 16. Evolutionary morphology of the guenon postcranium and its taxonomic implications Eric J. Sargis, Carl J. Terranova, and Daniel L. Gebo 17. Analysis of selected hominoid joint surfaces using laser scanning and geometric morphometrics: a preliminary report William E. H. Harcourt-Smith, Melissa Tallman, Stephen R. Frost, David F. Wiley, F. James Rohlf, and Eric Delson 18. Comparative primate bone microstructure: records of life history, function, and phylogeny Johanna Warshaw

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