Flight of Mammals: From Terrestrial Limbs to Wings

Authors: Panyutina, Aleksandra A., Korzun, Leonid P., Kuznetsov, Alexander N.

  • Offers an explanation of the acquisition of flapping flight in mammals
  • Establishes a model of shoulder girdle mobility in flight that differs significantly from previous models
  • Suggests that flight in mammals resulted from a sequence of successive morphofunctional transformations rather than phylogenetic apomorphies
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About this book

This book offers a new explanation for the development of flight in mammals and offers detailed morphological descriptions of mammals with flapping flight. The skeletomuscular apparatus of the shoulder girdle and forelimbs of tree shrews, flying lemurs and bats is described in detail. Special attention is paid to the recognition of peculiar features of the skeleton and joints. For the basic locomotor patterns of flying lemurs and bats, the kinematic models of the shoulder girdle elements are developed. The most important locomotor postures of these animals are analyzed by means of statics. The key structural characters of the shoulder girdle and forelimbs of flying lemurs and bats, the formation of which provided transition of mammals from terrestrial locomotion to gliding and then, to flapping flight, are recognized. The concept is proposed that preadaptations preceding the acquisition of flapping flight could have come from widely sprawled forelimb posture while gliding from tree to tree and running up the thick trunks. It is shown that flying lemur is an adequate morphofunctional model for an ancestral stage of bats. The evolutionary ecomorphological scenario describing probable transformational stages of typical parasagittal limbs of chiropteran ancestors into wings is developed.

About the authors

Dr. Alexandra A. Panyutina serves in the Department of Vertebrate Zoology at Russia's Moscow State University. She has studied the evolution of bat flight since 2005. Prior to that, she studied the morpho ecological diversity of rhinolophid bats.

Dr. Leonid P. Korzun serves as Professor and Head of the Department of Vertebrate Zoology at Moscow State. He has studied the morphological evolution of vertebrates (mainly birds) by means of functional analysis since 1970.

Dr. Alexander N. Kuznetsov also serves in the Department of Vertebrate Zoology at Russia's Moscow State University. He has studied vertebrate locomotion since 1985, when he published the original model of the three-segment Z-like structure of mammalian parasagittal limb, which is now generally accepted by the scientific community.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Forelimb Morphology of Tree Shrews

    Panyutina, Aleksandra A. (et al.)

    Pages 1-50

  • Forelimb Morphology of Colugos

    Panyutina, Aleksandra A. (et al.)

    Pages 51-114

  • Forelimb Morphology of Bats

    Panyutina, Aleksandra A. (et al.)

    Pages 115-203

  • Functional Analysis of Locomotor Apparatus of Colugos

    Panyutina, Aleksandra A. (et al.)

    Pages 205-225

  • Functional Analysis of Locomotor Apparatus of Bats

    Panyutina, Aleksandra A. (et al.)

    Pages 227-258

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Hardcover $189.00
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Softcover $189.00
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  • Due: November 17, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-35945-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Flight of Mammals: From Terrestrial Limbs to Wings
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-08756-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-08756-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-08755-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-35945-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 303
Number of Illustrations and Tables
197 b/w illustrations, 36 illustrations in colour
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