By Rui Diogo,Bernard A. Wood
This ebook demanding situations the belief that morphological facts are inherently mistaken for phylogeny reconstruction, argues that either molecular and morphological phylogenies may still play a huge position in systematics, and gives the main entire assessment of the comparative anatomy, homologies and evolution of the top, neck, pectoral and higher limb muscle groups of primates.
Chapters 1 and a couple of offer an creation to the most goals and method of the book.
Chapters three and four and Appendices I and II current the information acquired from dissections of the pinnacle, neck, pectoral and top limb muscle mass of consultant contributors of all of the significant primate teams together with smooth people, and examine those info with the data to be had within the literature.
Appendices I and II supply exact textual (attachments, innervation, functionality, adaptations and synonyms) and visible (high caliber pictures) information regarding each one muscle for the primate taxa integrated within the cladistic examine of bankruptcy three, hence offering the 1st complete and recent assessment of the comparative anatomy of the top, neck, pectoral and top limb muscular tissues of primates.
The so much parsimonious tree got from the cladistic research of 166 head, neck, pectoral and top limb muscle characters in 18 primate genera, and in representatives of the Scandentia, Dermoptera and Rodentia, is totally congruent with the evolutionary molecular tree of Primates, therefore helping the concept muscle characters are really beneficial to deduce phylogenies.
The mixed anatomical fabrics supplied during this ebook indicate that glossy people have fewer head, neck, pectoral and higher limb muscle groups than so much different dwelling primates, yet are in line with the thought that facial and vocal verbal exchange and really good thumb events have most likely performed a major position in fresh human evolution.
This ebook could be of curiosity to primatologists, comparative anatomists, sensible morphologists, zoologists, actual anthropologists, and systematicians, in addition to to clinical scholars, physicians and researchers drawn to knowing the beginning, evolution, homology and diversifications of the muscle tissues of contemporary humans.
Contains 132 colour plates.
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