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Functional Morphology in Vertebrate Paleontology


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1. On the inference of function from structure George V. Lauder; 2. The extant phylogenetic bracket and the importance of reconstructing soft tissues in fossils Lawrence M. Witmer; 3. Fossils, function and phylogeny David B. Weishampel; 4. Masticatory function in nonmammalian cynodonts and early mammals A. W. Crompton; 5. Correlations between craniodental morphology and feeding behavior in ungulates: reciprocal illumination between living and fossil taxa Christine M. Janis; 6. Functional predictions from theoretical models of the skull and jaws in reptiles and mammals Walter S. Greaves; 7. Carnassial functioning in nimravid and felid sabretooths: theoretical basis and robustness of inferences Harold N. Bryant and Anthony P. Russell; 8. The artificial determination of wear patterns on tooth models as a means to infer mandibular movement during feeding in mammals Virginia L. Naples; 9. Determination of stresses in mammalian dental enamel and their relevance to the interpretation of feeding behaviors in extinct taxa John M. Rensberger; 10. The structural consequences of skull flattening in crocodilians Arthur S. Busbey; 11. Graphical analysis of dermal skull roof patterns Keith S. Thomson; 12. The forelimb of Torosaurus, and an analysis of the posture and gait of ceratopsian dinosaurs Rolf E. Johnson and John H. Ostrom; 13. Functional evolution of the hindlimb and tail from basal theropods to birds Stephen M. Gatesy; 14. Functional interpretation of spinal anatomy in living and fossil amniotes Emily B. Giffin; 15. To what extent may the mechanical environment of a bone be inferred from its internal architecture? Jeffrey J. Thomason; 16. Form vs function: the evolution of a dialectic Kevin Padian.

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Looks at how fossil vertebrates moved, fed and reproduced.


'... as a discussion of the major developments in the past decade or so, particularly in the move towards more testing and robustness of interpretation, this is an invaluable text.' New Scientist '... for graduate study and serious research, this is an important collection of bench-mark papers ... A rich seam to be mined for a long period of study.' Arthur Cruikshank, Open University Geological Society Journal

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