Ontogenic Perspectives on Primate Evolutionary Biology

Ontogenic Perspectives on Primate Evolutionary Biology

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This edited volume provides an overview of a re-emerging focus on the importance of ontogenic data for addressing issues regarding skeletal form and function, phylogenetic reconstruction, sexual dimorphism, phyletic size change and behavioural development in primates. The study of ontogeny offers a dynamic perspective to the study of evolutionary biology which often compliments and extends the utility of research based solely on adult data. The increasing number of investigations on heterochrony in primates, for instance, places renewed emphasis on the analysis of evolutionary change as a modification of development. Therefore, in order to gain a fuller understanding of evolutionary patterns across taxa, it is essential to address the developmental or ontogenic processes underlying such changes. Clearly, there is much information to glean from studies in ontogeny.
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  • Paperback | 310 pages
  • 177.8 x 230 x 12.7mm | 800g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 0125834705
  • 9780125834704

Table of contents

Ontogenic patterns of sexual dimorphism in the cranium of Bornean orang-utans (pongo pygmaeus), T.J. Masterson and W. Leutenegger; patterns of variation in the ontogeny of primate body size dimorphism, S.R. Leigh; primate population studies at Polonnaruwa III - somatometric growth in a natural poplation of toque macaques (macaca sinica), J.M. Cheverud et al; relative growth of the postcranial skeleton in callitrichines, A.B. Falsetti and T.M. Cole III; relative growth and shape of the locomotor skeleton in lesser apes, W.I. Jungers and M.S. Cole; ontogeny and allometry of African ape manual rays, S.E. Inouye; the ontogeny of chimpanzee and pygmy chimpanzee locomotor behaviour - a case study of paedomorphism and its behavioural correlates, D.M. Doran; the allometry of behavioural development - fitting sigmoid curves to ontogenic data for use in interspecific allometric analyses, D.T. Rasmussen and C.L. Tan; the applications and limitations of ontogenic comparisons for phylogeny reconstruction - the case of the strepsirhine internal carotid artery, A.D. Yoder; allometry and heterochrony in extant and extinct malagasy primates, M.J. Ravosa; primitive and derived patterns of relative growth among species of lorisidae, A.M. Gomez; the ontogeny of "pan troglodytes" craniofacial architectural relationships and implications for early hominids, T.G. Bromage; postnatal heterochrony of masticatory apparatus in "cebus apella" and "cebus albufrons", T.M. Cole III; ontogenic scaling of skeletal proportions in the Talapoin monkey, B.T. Shea.
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