The Bare Bones

The Bare Bones : An Unconventional Evolutionary History of the Skeleton

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What can we learn about the evolution of jaws from a pair of scissors? How does the flight of a tennis ball help explain how fish overcome drag? What do a spacesuit and a chicken egg have in common? Highlighting the fascinating twists and turns of evolution across more than 540 million years, paleobiologist Matthew Bonnan uses everyday objects to explain the emergence and adaptation of the vertebrate skeleton. What can camera lenses tell us about the eyes of marine reptiles? How does understanding what prevents a coffee mug from spilling help us understand the posture of dinosaurs? The answers to these and other intriguing questions illustrate how scientists have pieced together the history of vertebrates from their bare bones. With its engaging and informative text, plus more than 200 illustrative diagrams created by the author, The Bare Bones is an unconventional and reader-friendly introduction to the skeleton as an evolving more

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  • Hardback | 528 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 38.1mm | 1,256g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 223 b&w illus., 26 color illus.
  • 0253018323
  • 9780253018328
  • 1,313,685

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"Bonnan combines wit and passion with the sensibilities of a talented instructor in this encyclopedic tour of the vertebrate skeleton... accessible even for those without a background in anatomy." -Publishers Weekly "A clear, largely jargon-free retelling of one of the greatest stories in evolution-the rise of vertebrates-that should have broad appeal. It integrates the facts and principles that underlie evolutionary theory by taking a common-sense approach that doesn't talk down to the reader." -Nicholas Geist, Sonoma State University "No bones about it, a text like The Bare Bones was sorely needed in the popular literature of vertebrate paleontology. Matthew Bonnan's tome on the evolution, form, and function of the vertebrate skeleton may seem daunting in size, but it is written in an enjoyable and readable fashion that will absolutely delight all sorts of readers from expert to soon-to-be-expert." -Palaeontologia Electronicashow more

About Matthew F. Bonnan

Matthew F. Bonnan is a Vertebrate Paleontologist and Associate Professor of Biology at Stockton University. Bonnan's research focuses on the evolution of locomotion in sauropod dinosaurs and the functional morphology of forelimb posture in reptiles, birds, and mammals using traditional anatomy and computer-aided more

Table of contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsPart One: Setting the StageChapter 1. Introduction: How Vertebrates and Cars Are (and Are Not) SimilarChapter 2. Evolution to Deep Time, Pedigree to AnatomyPart Two: The Origin and Early Evolution of the Vertebrate ChassisChapter 3. Inferring the Basic Vertebrate ChassisChapter 4. Evolution of a Bony ChassisPart Three: The Evolution of the Jawed Vertebrate Chassis and Something FishyChapter 5. The Jawed Vertebrate Chassis: A PrimerChapter 6. Placoderms and Cartilaginous FishesChapter 7. The Fish-like Osteichthyes, Part 1Chapter 8. The Fish-like Osteichthyes, Part 2Part Four: The Vertebrate Chassis Moves to LandChapter 9. The Tetrapod Chassis: A PrimerChapter 10. The Tetrapod Chassis in TransitionChapter 11. The Amphibian ChassisChapter 12. The Amniote Chassis: A Primer and the Lead Up to True AmniotesPart Five: Deep Scaly I: Reptilian Chasses from Early Reptiles to Sea MonstersChapter 13. Lizards and the Tuatara as an IntroductionChapter 14. Early Reptiles and TurtlesChapter 15. Snakes and Sea DragonsPart Six: Deep Scaly II: The Archosaur Chassis, Those Ruling ReptilesChapter 16. The Archosaur Chassis, Part 1: Modern ArchosaursChapter 17. The Archosaur Chassis, Part 2: A Primer on Archosaur Posture and DiversityChapter 18. The Archosaur Chassis, Part 3: Pterosaurs, Dinosaurs, and the Origins of BirdsPart Seven: Overcome By Fur: The Mammalian ChassisChapter 19. The Mammalian Chassis: A PrimerChapter 20. The Evolution of the Mammal ChassisChapter 21. Brains, Milk, and the Modern Radiations of MammalsAppendix: The Cards of TimeReferences CitedIndexshow more

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