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The bare bones : an unconventional evolutionary history of the skeleton

Author: Matthew F Bonnan
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2016
Series: Life of the past
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew F Bonnan
ISBN: 9780253018328 ) 0253018323 ((hbk. ; alk. paper)
OCLC Number: 1005620884
Description: xvii, 508 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm.
Contents: Setting the stage. Introduction: How vertebrates and cars are (and are not) similar ; Evolution to deep time, pedigree to anatomy --
The origin and early evolution of the vertebrate chassis. Inferring the basic vertebrate chassis ; Evolution of a bony chassis --
The evolution of the jawed vertebrate chassis and something fishy. The jawed vertebrate chassis : a primer ; Placoderms and cartilaginous fishes ; The fishlike Osteichthyes. Part 1 ; The fishlike Osteichthyes. Part 2 --
The vertebrate chassis moves to land. The tetrapod chassis : a primer ; The tetrapod chassis in transition ; The amphibian chassis ; The amniote chassis : a primer and the lead-up to true amniotes --
Deep scaly I : reptilian chassis from early reptiles to sea monsters. Modern lizards and the tuatara as an introduction ; Early reptiles and turtles ; Snakes and sea dragons --
Deep scaly II : the archosaur chassis, those ruling reptiles. The archosaur chassis, Part 1: Modern archosaurs ; The archosaur chassis, Part 2: A primer on archosaur posture and diversity ; The archosaur chassis, Part 3: Pterosaurs, dinosaurs, and the origins of birds --
Overcome by fur : the mammalian chassis. The mammalian chassis : a primer ; The evolution of the mammal chassis ; Brains, milk, and the modern radiations of mammals --
Appendix: The cards of time
Series Title: Life of the past
Responsibility: Matthew F. Bonnan

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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 Read more...

 
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