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Human Evolution through Developmental Change

Edited By: Nancy Purvis-Minugh and Kenneth J McNamara

508 pages, Figs, tabs

Johns Hopkins University Press

Hardback | Dec 2002 | #121697 | ISBN: 0801867320
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Considers theoretical applications of heterochronic methods to the hominid fossil record, considers the relationship of developmental change to various aspects of hominid life history, including cognitive, sexual, and structural developments. The final section provides a chronological survey of heterochronic change in the hominid fossil record from the Pliocene to late Pleistocene eras.

These are technical papers, but they are well focused and edited, and the result is truly a book, not just a journal issue between hard covers. Choice A timely contribution to an emerging field in which comparative primate genomics, modern developmental genetics, and embryology provide the foundation on which to build innovative studies of genotype-phenotype relations in human origins... A valuable resource for scientists interested in understanding and interpreting the developmental basis for the diversity and adaptation of extant and fossible hominins. -- C-H Chiu Heredity


Contents: Foreword Preface List of ContributorsPart I - Evolution and Development 1 Evolutionary Developmental Biology: Where Embryos and Fossils Meet 2 Shape and Stage in Heterochronic Models 3 Multivariate Approaches to Development and Evolution 4 Are Some Heterochronic Transformations Likelier Than Others? 5 Sequential Hypermorphosis: Stretching Ontogeny to the Limit 6 Animal Domestication and Heterochronic Speciation: The Role of Thyroid Hormone 7 The Role of Heterochrony in Primate Brain EvolutionPart II - The Evolution of Hominid Life History Patterns 8 Brain Evolution by Stretching the Global Mitotic Clock of Development 9 Natural Selection and the Evolution of Hominid Patterns of Growth and Development 10 Sexual Dimorphism and Ontogeny in Primates 11 Life-History Evolution in Miocene and Extant Apes 12 Dental Development and Life History in Hominid Evolution 13 An Assessment of Radiographic and Histological Standards of Dental Development in Chimpanzees 14 Evolutionary Relationships between Molar Eruption and Cognitive Development in Anthropoid PrimatesPART III - The Evolution of Hominid Development 15 Enamel Microstructure in Hominids: New Characteristics for a New Paradigm 16 Cranial Growth in Homo erectus 17 Peramorphic Processes in the Evolution of the Hominid Pelvis and Femur 18 Heterochrony and the Evolution of Neanderthal and Modern Human Craniofacial Form 19 Adolescent Postcranial Growth in Homo neanderthalensis 20 Between the Incisive Bone and Premaxilla: From African Apes to Homo sapiens 21 Heterochronic Change in the Neurocranium and Emergence of Modern HumansGlossary Index

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Nancy Minugh-Purvis is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at MCP Hahnemann University. Kenneth J. McNamara is the senior curator of invertebrate paleontology and head of the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at the Western Australian Museum.

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