Body Size in Mammalian Paleobiology: Estimation and Biological Implications

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John Douglas Damuth, John Damuth, Bruce J. MacFadden, Cambridge University Press, Damuth John
Cambridge University Press, Nov 30, 1990 - Nature - 397 pages
There is a growing interest in the biological implications of body size in animals. This parameter is now being used to make inferences and predictions about not only the habits and habitat of a particular species, but also as a way to understand patterns and biases in the fossil record. This valuable collection of essays presents and evaluates techniques of body-mass estimation and reviews current and potential applications of body-size estimates in paleobiology. Coverage is particularly detailed for carnivores, primates and ungulates, but information is also presented on marsupials, rodents and proboscideans. Body Size in Mammalian Paleobiology will prove useful to researchers and graduate students in paleontology, mammalogy, ecology and evolution programmes. It is designed to be both a practical handbook for researchers making and using body-size estimates, and a sourcebook of ideas for applying body size to paleontological problems and directions for future research.
 

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Contents

The physiological significance of body size
11
The behavioral ecological significance of body size in
25
The functional anatomy of body mass
39
Evolutionary strategies and body size in a guild
69
Problems and methods in reconstructing body size in
103
Body mass and hindlimb bone crosssectional and
119
Skeletal and dental predictors of body mass in carnivores
181
Problems with using fossil teeth to estimate body sizes of
207
Problems in estimating body masses of archaic ungulates
229
Correlation of cranial and dental variables with body size
255
Postcranial dimensions of ungulates as predictors of
301
Body size estimates and size distribution of ungulate
337
Prediction equations
365
Index
391
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