The Vertebrata is one of the most speciose groups of animals, comprising more than 58,000 living species. This book provides a detailed account on the comparative anatomy, development, homologies and evolution of the head, neck, pectoral and forelimb muscles of vertebrates. It includes hundreds of illustrations, as well as numerous tables showing t
Introduction and Aims. Methodology and Material. Muscles of Non-Osteichthyan Vertebrates. Head and Neck Muscles of Actinopterygians and Basal Sarcopterygians. From Sarcopterygian Fish to Modern Humans: Head and Neck Muscles. Head and Neck Muscles of Amphibians. Head and Neck Muscles of Reptiles. Pectoral and Pectoral Fin Muscles of Actinopterygian and Sarcopterygian Fishes. From Sarcopterygian Fish to Modern Humans: Pectoral and Forelimb Muscles. Pectoral and Forelimb Muscles of Limbed Amphibians and Reptiles. General Comments.