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The Bare Bones: An Unconventional Evolutionary History of the Skeleton (Life of the Past)

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The Bare Bones: An Unconventional Evolutionary History of the Skeleton (Life of the Past)

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What can we learn about the evolution of jaws from a pair of scissors? How does the flight of a tennis ball help explain how fish overcome drag? What do a spacesuit and a chicken egg have in common? Highlighting the fascinating twists and turns of evolution across more than 540 million years, paleobiologist Matthew Bonnan uses everyday objects to explain the emergence and adaptation of the vertebrate skeleton. What can camera lenses tell us about the eyes of marine reptiles? How does understanding what prevents a coffee mug from spilling help us understand the posture of dinosaurs? The answers to these and other intriguing questions illustrate how scientists have pieced together the history of vertebrates from their bare bones. With its engaging and informative text, plus more than 200 illustrative diagrams created by the author, The Bare Bones is an unconventional and reader-friendly introduction to the skeleton as an evolving machine.

Matthew F. Bonnan is a Vertebrate Paleontologist and Associate Professor of Biology at Stockton University. Bonnan's research focuses on the evolution of locomotion in sauropod dinosaurs and the functional morphology of forelimb posture in reptiles, birds, and mammals using traditional anatomy and computer-aided modeling.

ISBN: 9780253018328

ISBN-10: 9780253018328

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Publication Date: 02/15/2016 - 12:00am

On Sale: 02/15/2016 - 12:00am

Pages: 544

Language: English

Categories

Life Sciences - Anatomy & Physiology

Life Sciences - Evolution

Paleontology