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Primate Craniofacial Function and Biology is an integrative volume with broad coverage of current research on primate craniofacial biology and function. Topic headings include: the mammalian perspective on primate craniofacial form and function, allometric and comparative morphological studies of primate heads, in vivo research on primate mastication, modeling of the primate masticatory apparatus, primate dental form and function, and palaeoanthropologic studies of primate skulls.
Additionally, the volume includes introductory chapters discussing how primatologists study adaptations in primates and a discussion of in vivo approaches for studying primate performance. All chapters are written by experts currently doing research in fields ranging from developmental biology and genetics to the study of primate diets in remote areas of the world. At present, there are no texts with a similar focus on primate craniofacial biology and no sources that approach this topic from such a wide range of research perspectives. This breadth of research covered by leaders in their respective fields make this volume a unique and innovative contribution to biological anthropology.
I. Historical perspective on Experimental Research in Biological Anthropology 1. Experimental Comparative Anatomy in Physical Anthropology: The Contributions of Dr. William Hylander to Studies of Skull Form and Function. Daniel Schmitt, Christine E. Wall, and Pierre Lemelin II. In Vivo Research Into Masticatory Function 2. A nonprimate model for the fused symphysis: in vivo studies in the pig. Susan W. Herring, Katherine L. Rafferty, Zi Jun Liu, and Zongyang Sun 3. Symphyseal fusion in selenodont artiodactyls: new insights from in vivo and comparative data. Susan H. Williams, Christine E. Wall, Christopher J. Vinyard, William L. Hylander 4. Does the primate face torque? Callum F. Ross 5. Motor control of masticatory movements in the Southern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons). Alfred W. Crompton, Daniel E. Lieberman, Tomasz Owerkowicz, Russell V. Baudinette and Jayne Skinner 6. Specialization of the Superficial Anterior Temporalis in Baboons for Mastication of Hard Foods. Christine E. Wall, Christopher J. Vinyard, Susan H. Williams, Kirk R. Johnson, William L. Hylander III. Modeling Masticatory Apparatus Function 7. Effects of Dental Alveoli on the Biomechanical Behavior of the Mandibular Corpus. David J. Daegling, Jennifer L. Hotzman and Andrew J. Rapoff 8. Surface strain on bone and sutures in a monkey facial skeleton: an in vitro approach and its relevance to Finite Element Analysis. Qian Wang, Paul C. Dechow, Barth W. Wright, Callum F. Ross, David S. Strait, Brian G. Richmond, Mark A. Spencer and Craig D. Byron. 9. Craniofacial Strain Patterns During Premolar Loading: Implications for Human Evolution. David S. Strait, Barth Wright, Brian G. Richmond, Callum F. Ross, Paul C. Dechow, Mark A. Spencer, Qian Wang. IV. Jaw-Muscle Architecture 10. Scaling of reduced physiologic cross-sectional area in primate muscles of mastication. Fred Anapol, Nazima Shahnoor and Callum F. Ross 11. Scaling of the Chewing Muscles in Prosimians. Jonathan M.G. Perry and Christine E. Wall 12. The relationship between jaw-muscle architecture and feeding behavior in primates: Tree-gouging and nongouging gummivorous callitrichids as a natural experiment. Andrea B. Taylor and Christopher J. Vinyard V. Bone and Dental Morphology 13. Relationship between three dimensional microstructure and elastic properties of cortical bone in the human mandible and femur. Paul C. Dechow, Dong Hwa Chung, and Mitra Bolouri 14. Adaptive plasticity in the mammalian masticatory complex: You are what, and how, you eat. Matthew J. Ravosa, Ravinder Kunwar, Elisabeth K. Nicholson, Emily B. Klopp, Jessie Pinchoff, Stuart R. Stock, M. Sharon Stack, and Mark W. Hamrick 15. Mandibular corpus form and its functional significance: Evidence from marsupials. Aaron S. Hogue 16. Putting shape to work: Making functional interpretations of masticatory apparatus shapes in primates. Christopher J. Vinyard 17. Food physical properties and their relationship to morphology: The curious case of kily. Nayuta Yamashita 18. Convergence and frontation in Fayum anthropoid orbits. Elwyn L. Simons 19. What else is the tall mandibular ramus of the robust australopiths good for? Yoel Rak and William L. Hylander 20. Framing the question: Diet and evolution in early Homo. Susan C. Anton
From the reviews: "Experimental analysis of functional adaptations of facial and skull form in nonhuman primates often has implications for human evolution as well. William Hylander (Duke Univ.) has been a major player in this arena since the early 1970s, and this volume is based on a 2005 symposium in his honor. ! Greater intercitation of chapters would have improved this excellent collection of often-complex papers. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, and faculty." (E. Delson, Choice, Vol. 46 (8), April, 2009)