By Robert L. Carroll (auth.), Donald B. Brinkman, Patricia A. Holroyd, James D. Gardner (eds.)
This quantity celebrates the contributions of Dr. Eugene Gaffney to the research of turtles, via a various and complementary selection of papers that showcases the most recent examine on essentially the most fascinating teams of reptiles. a mixture of concentrated and evaluate papers bargains with various facets of the evolutionary historical past of turtles, together with embryonic improvement, origins, early diversification, phylogenetic relationships, and biogeography. furthermore it comprises reviews on vital yet poorly understood fossil turtle assemblages, presents ancient views on turtle learn, and files disorder and edition in turtles. With its extensive scope, which include descriptions of fabric and new taxa from Australia, Asia, and Europe, in addition to North and South the USA, this paintings should be an important source for a person attracted to the morphology and evolution of turtles. “This volume’s breadth of time, geography, and taxonomic insurance makes it a huge contribution to the sphere and a ‘must have’ for all vertebrate paleontologists.”, James F. Parham, California kingdom collage, CA, united states “A complete and sweeping assessment of turtle evolution via the head specialists within the box that would curiosity every person focused on those special reptiles.” Jason S. Anderson, college of Calgary, Canada “An priceless addition to the literature that covers the whole spectrum of methods towards knowing the evolution of those noble creatures.” Ann C. Burke, Wesleyan college, CT , united states “A actually accomplished quantity that either the scholar of fossil turtles, in addition to the overall reader attracted to those enigmatic creatures, will locate fascinating.” Tyler Lyson, Yale collage, CT, USA
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Extra resources for Morphology and Evolution of Turtles
Lepidosauromorphs and archosauromorphs are equivalent in sharing the absence of the unique factors involved in the development of the carapace and plastron of turtles. This subject will be discussed more fully after consideration of molecular means to analyse the phylogenetic position of turtles. Rieppel’s later book chapter on this subject (2008) continued to support a diapsid origin for turtles, but recognized problems of accounting for the origin of the carapace and plastron from any known group of early amniotes.
In 1986 we brought a large collection of Chinese fossils to the AMNH for an exhibition that featured cladistic methodology, then in 1989 the administration accepted the proposal from Lowell Dingus and me for mounting the Barosaurus group now in the Rotunda. My involvement with the fossil hall renovation lasted until its completion in 1996. I worked on all of the halls, particularly in the incorporation of cladistics as the organizing theme. Thanks largely to the management skills and friendship of Lowell Dingus, the fossil hall exhibition program was immensely satisfying for me, and the highlight of my museum career.
I have only had three graduate students, Paul Sereno (the only one who went in the field with me, if you call Lord Howe Island ‘‘the field’’), Dan Chure, and Ron Coldiron. My first postdoctoral student, Peter Meylan (see Fig. 6), also became my closest scientific associate, coauthoring 10 papers, most of them substantial, and helping me when the transition to computer cladism became unavoidable in the late 1980s. By the early 1980s, cladistics was pretty much state-of-the-art for 15 systematics, and toward the end of the decade, computer programs were devised that married cladistics and numerical taxonomy.
Morphology and Evolution of Turtles by Robert L. Carroll (auth.), Donald B. Brinkman, Patricia A. Holroyd, James D. Gardner (eds.)