The Origin of Higher Clades: Osteology, Myology, Phylogeny and Evolution of Bony Fishes and the Rise of Tetrapods, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Origin of Higher Clades

Osteology, Myology, Phylogeny and Evolution of Bony Fishes and the Rise of Tetrapods, 1st Edition

By Rui Diogo

CRC Press

388 pages

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The book provides insight on the osteology, myology, phylogeny and evolution of Osteichthyes. It not only provides an extensive cladistic analysis of osteichthyan higher-level inter-relationships based on a phylogenetic comparison of 356 characters in 80 extant and fossil terminal taxa representing all major groups of Osteichthyes, but also analyses various terminal taxa and osteological characters. And also provides a general discussion on issues such as the comparative anatomy, homologies and evolution of osteichthyan cranial and pectoral muscles, the development of zebrafish cephalic muscles and the implications for evolutionary developmental studies, the origin homologies and evolution of one of the most peculiar and enigmatic structural complexes of osteichthyans, the Weberian apparatus, and the use of myological versus osteological characters in phylogenetic reconstructions.

Table of Contents



List of Abbreviations

1. Introduction and Aims

2. Methodology and Material

3. Phylogenetic Analysis

3.1 Cladistic Analysis, Diagnosis for Clades Obtained, and

Comparison with Previous Hypotheses

4. Comparative Anatomy, Higher-level Phylogeny and

Macroevolution of Osteichthyans—A Discussion

4.1 Brief Summary of the Phylogenetic

Results Obtained in the Cladistic Analysis

4.2 Comparative Anatomy, Homologies, and

Evolution of Osteichthyan Cranial Muscles

4.3 Cranial Muscles, Zebrafish, and Evolutionary

Developmental Biology

4.4 Comparative Anatomy, Homologies and Evolution of

Osteichthyan Pectoral Muscles

4.5 Origin, Homologies and Evolution of

the Weberian Apparatus

4.6 Myological versus Osteological Characters in

Phylogenetic Reconstructions: A New Insight


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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General