1st Edition

Morphology, Shape and Phylogeny




ISBN 9780415240741
Published February 6, 2002 by CRC Press
320 Pages

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Book Description

Generally, biologists and mathematicians who study the shape and form of organisms have largely been working in isolation from those who work on evolutionary relationships through the analysis of common characteristics. Increasingly however, dialogue between the two communities is beginning to develop - but other than a handful of journal papers, there has been no formal, published discussion on this subject. This timely book summarises the interdisciplinary work that has taken place to date and will stimulate additional research into these topics. Any scientist working on evolutionary relationships will find this volume invaluable.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Morphology, Shape and Phylogenetics, N. Macleod and P. Forey

Homology, Characters and Continuous Variables, C.J. Humphries

Quantitative Characters, Phylogenies, and Morphometrics, J. Felsenstein

Scaling, Polymorphism and Cladistic Analysis, T.C. Rae

Overlapping Variables in Botanical Systems, G. Reid and K. Sidwell

Comparability, Morphometrics and Phylogenetic Systematics, D.L. Swiderski, M.L. Zelditch, and W.L. Fink

Phylogenetic Signals in Morphometric Data, N. Macleod

Creases as Morphometric Characters, F.L. Bookstein

Geometric Morphometrics and Phylogeny, F.J. Rohlf

A Parametric Bootstrap Approach to the Detection of Phylogenetic Signals in Landmark Data, T.M. Cole III, S. Lele, and J.T. Richtsmeier

Phylogenetic Tests for Differences in Shape and the Importance of Divergence Times: Eldredge's Enigma Explored, P.D. Polly

Ancestral States and Evolutionary Rates of Continuous Characters, A.J. Webster and A. Purvis

Modelling the Evolution of Continuously Varying Characters on Phylogenetic Trees: The Case of Hominid Cranial Capacity

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