Comparative Anatomy and Phylogeny of Primate Muscles and by Rui Diogo,Bernard A. Wood

By Rui Diogo,Bernard A. Wood

This e-book demanding situations the belief that morphological information are inherently wrong for phylogeny reconstruction, argues that either molecular and morphological phylogenies should still play an immense position in systematics, and gives the main complete evaluate of the comparative anatomy, homologies and evolution of the top, neck, pectoral and top limb muscular tissues of primates.

Chapters 1 and a couple of supply an creation to the most goals and method of the book.

Chapters three and four and Appendices I and II current the knowledge got from dissections of the pinnacle, neck, pectoral and higher limb muscle mass of consultant individuals of the entire significant primate teams together with smooth people, and examine those information with the data on hand within the literature.

Appendices I and II supply special textual (attachments, innervation, functionality, adaptations and synonyms) and visible (high caliber images) information regarding every one muscle for the primate taxa incorporated within the cladistic research of bankruptcy three, hence delivering the 1st finished and recent evaluation of the comparative anatomy of the top, neck, pectoral and higher limb muscle mass of primates.

The so much parsimonious tree acquired from the cladistic research of 166 head, neck, pectoral and higher 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 really important to deduce phylogenies.

The mixed anatomical fabrics supplied during this booklet indicate that smooth people have fewer head, neck, pectoral and higher limb muscle mass than so much different dwelling primates, yet are in step with the inspiration that facial and vocal verbal exchange and really expert thumb routine have most likely performed a huge position in contemporary human evolution.

This booklet may be of curiosity to primatologists, comparative anatomists, sensible morphologists, zoologists, actual anthropologists, and systematicians, in addition to to scientific scholars, physicians and researchers attracted to figuring out the foundation, evolution, homology and adaptations of the muscle tissues of recent humans.

Contains 132 colour plates.

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