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Developmental Approaches to Human Evolution

By: Julia C Boughner(Editor), Campbell Rolian(Editor), Günter P Wagner(Foreword By)

350 pages, 22 plates with colour photos and colour illustrations; b/w photos, b/w illustrations, tables


Hardback | Jan 2016 | #225407 | ISBN-13: 9781118524688
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Developmental Approaches to Human Evolution encapsulates the current state of evolutionary developmental anthropology. This emerging scientific field applies tools and approaches from modern developmental biology to understand the role of genetic and developmental processes in driving morphological and cognitive evolution in humans, non-human primates and in the laboratory organisms used to model these changes.

Featuring contributions from well-established pioneers and emerging leaders, this volume is designed to build research momentum and catalyze future innovation in this burgeoning field. Developmental Approaches to Human Evolution's broad research scope encompasses soft and hard tissues of the head and body, including the skeleton, special senses and the brain.

Developmental Approaches to Human Evolution is an invaluable resource on the mechanisms of primate and vertebrate evolution for scholars across a wide array of intersecting disciplines, including primatology, paleoanthropology, vertebrate morphology, evolutionary developmental biology and health sciences.


Contributors vii

Foreword: Humans from Embryos ix
Günter P. Wagner

1 Introduction to Evo-Devo-Anthro 1
Campbell Rolian and Julia C. Boughner

2 Chondrocranial Growth, Developmental Integration and Evolvability in the Human Skull 17
Neus Martínez-Abadías, Mireia Esparza, Torstein Sjøvold and Benedikt Hallgrímsson

3 The Tooth of the Matter: The Evo-Devo of Coordinated Phenotypic Change 35
Julia C. Boughner

4 Genetic Regulation of Amelogenesis and Implications for Hominin Ancestors 61
Rodrigo S. Lacruz

5 Evo-Devo Sheds Light on Mechanisms of Human Evolution: Limb Proportions and Penile Spines 77
Philip L. Reno

6 Out on a Limb: Development and the Evolution of the Human Appendicular Skeleton 101
Nathan M. Young and Terence D. Capellini

7 Tinkering with Growth Plates: A Developmental Simulation of Limb Bone Evolution in Hominoids 139
Campbell Rolian

8 Origin, Development, and Evolution of Primate Muscles, with Notes on Human Anatomical Variations and Anomalies 167
Rui Diogo and Bernard Wood

9 The Evolutionary Biology of Human Neurodevelopment: Evo-Neuro-Devo Comes of Age 205
Bernard Crespi and Emma Leach

10 Evolving the Developing Cortex: Conserved Gradients of Neurogenesis Scale and Channel New Functions in Primates 231
Christine J. Charvet and Barbara L. Finlay

11 Growing Up Fast, Maturing Slowly: The Evolution of a Uniquely Modern Human Pattern of Brain Development 261
Philipp Gunz

12 FOXP2 and the Genetic and Developmental Basis of Human Language 285
Carles Lalueza-Fox

13 Assembly Instructions Included 297
Kenneth Weiss and Anne Buchanan

Index 317

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Julia Boughner is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology at the University of Saskatchewan. Her laboratory researches dental and jaw development in great apes, the genetic underpinnings of coordinated jaw and tooth morphogenesis and evolution in mammals, and early-acting risk factors for third molar impaction in humans.

Campbell Rolian is Assistant Professor in anatomy in the Department of Comparative Biology and Experimental Medicine in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary. His current work centers around an artificial selection experiment in mice, which will allow him to study developmental, evolutionary and functional aspects of skeletal variation in the vertebrate limb skeleton.

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