By Rui Diogo,Bernard A. Wood
This publication demanding situations the idea that morphological info are inherently flawed for phylogeny reconstruction, argues that either molecular and morphological phylogenies should still play a massive function in systematics, and gives the main accomplished assessment of the comparative anatomy, homologies and evolution of the pinnacle, neck, pectoral and top limb muscle groups of primates.
Chapters 1 and a couple of offer an advent to the most goals and method of the book.
Chapters three and four and Appendices I and II current the information bought from dissections of the pinnacle, neck, pectoral and higher limb muscle tissues of consultant participants of all of the significant primate teams together with smooth people, and evaluate those info with the data on hand within the literature.
Appendices I and II offer specific textual (attachments, innervation, functionality, diversifications and synonyms) and visible (high caliber photos) information regarding every one muscle for the primate taxa integrated within the cladistic examine of bankruptcy three, therefore supplying the 1st accomplished and recent evaluation of the comparative anatomy of the top, neck, pectoral and top limb muscle mass of primates.
The so much parsimonious tree received 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 absolutely congruent with the evolutionary molecular tree of Primates, therefore assisting the concept that muscle characters are rather precious to deduce phylogenies.
The mixed anatomical fabrics supplied during this booklet indicate that smooth people have fewer head, neck, pectoral and top limb muscular tissues than so much different residing primates, yet are in keeping with the idea that facial and vocal verbal exchange and really good thumb activities have most likely performed a tremendous function in fresh human evolution.
This ebook could be of curiosity to primatologists, comparative anatomists, useful morphologists, zoologists, actual anthropologists, and systematicians, in addition to to scientific scholars, physicians and researchers drawn to knowing the foundation, evolution, homology and diversifications of the muscle tissues of recent humans.
Contains 132 colour plates.
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