Forerunners of mammals : radiation, histology, biology

edited by Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan

More than 300 million years ago, during the period known as the Carboniferous, there emerged a group of four-legged animals known as synapsids. Their descendents, the therapsids, would eventually give rise to mammals. Beginning with an introduction to the synapsids, their descendents, and the ancient world in which they lived, this remarkable book surveys their radiation, histology, and biology. It documents types of bone microstructure and their biological implications, provides insights into their biology and the evolution of endothermy in the group, and highlights areas for future research. A detailed guide to the synapsids, the book discusses the interrelationships within the group and their radiation from the earliest pelycosaurs to the diverse non-mammalian therapsids and later to the increasingly more mammal-like cynodonts. A chapter on the Karoo Basin of South Africa documents an unparalleled record of therapsid evolution and radiation and offers a unique perspective on therapsid biodiversity and paleoenvironmental analysis.

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  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • List of Contributors 1. The Origin and Radiation of Therapsids / Tom S. Kemp
  • 2. Therapsid Biodiversity Patterns and Paleoenvironments of the Karoo Basin, South Africa / Roger Smith, Bruce Rubidge, and Merrill van der Walt
  • 3. The Microstructure of Bones and Teeth of Nonmammalian Therapsids / Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan
  • 4. The Paleobiology and Bone Microstructure of Pelycosaurian-Grade Synapsids / Adam K. Huttenlocker and Elizabeth Rega
  • 5. Dicynodont Growth Dynamics and Lifestyle Adaptations / Sanghamitra Ray, Jennifer Botha-Brink, and Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan
  • 6. Biological Inferences of the Cranial Microstructure of the Dicynodonts Oudenodon and Lystrosaurus / Sandra C. Jasinoski and Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan
  • 7. Bone and Dental Histology of Late Triassic Dicynodonts from North America / Jeremy L. Green
  • 8. Bone Histology of Some Therocephalians and Gorgonopsians, and Evidence of Bone Degradation by Fungi / Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan and Sanghamitra Ray
  • 9. The Radiation and Osteohistology of Nonmammaliaform Cynodonts / Jennifer Botha-Brink, Fernando Abdala, and Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan
  • 10. The Radiation, Bone Histology, and Biology of Early Mammals / Jorn H. Hurum and Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan
  • 11. The Evolution of Mammalian Endothermy / John A. Ruben, Willem J. Hillenius, Tom S. Kemp, and Devon E. Quick References
  • Index

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書名 Forerunners of mammals : radiation, histology, biology
著作者等 Chinsamy-Turan, Anusuya
シリーズ名 Life of the past
出版元 Indiana University Press
刊行年月 c2012
ページ数 xv, 330 p., [24] p. of plates
大きさ 27 cm
ISBN 9780253356970
NCID BB07501479
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国