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Author Mead, James G.

Title The therian skull : a lexicon with emphasis on the odontocetes / J.G. Mead and R.E. Fordyce.

Imprint Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2009.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Federal Documents Online  SI 1.27:627    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (viii, 248 pages) : illustrations.
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Series Smithsonian contributions to zoology ; no. 627
Smithsonian contributions to zoology ; no. 627.
Note Title from PDF title page (Smithsonian, viewed on Dec 10, 2009).
Contents Introduction -- Materials and methods -- Osteological relationships of the skull bones -- Guide to lexicon entries -- Lexicon -- Multi-element complexes : structures shared by adjacent bones.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-216) and index.
Summary Cetaceans form one of the most unique groups in the evolutionary history of mammals. They have returned to the sea and modified their tail as an efficient means of locomotion. As they adapted to the limited visibility in the aquatic environment, the odontocetes developed a system of echolocation that resulted in extensive modifications to the skull bones. This made descriptive comparisons very difficult and early anatomists unwittingly composed new terms for anatomical structures that had already been named in other taxa. This made anatomical comparisons, based on the literature, extremely tenuous. This lexicon is an attempt to remedy that situation in that it provides headwords and definitions for all the terms that have been used in describing the mammal skull and notes the synonymous terms. The lexicon includes the human nomenclature (Nomina Anatomica), the veterinary nomenclature (Nomina Anatomica Veterinaria) and the nomenclature that is used in descriptive comparative anatomy. The lexicon covers not only extant but extinct mammalian groups and is extensively indexed.
Subject Skull -- Dictionaries.
Mammals -- Anatomy -- Dictionaries.
Toothed whales -- Anatomy -- Dictionaries.
Anatomy, Comparative -- Dictionaries.
Odontocètes -- Crâne -- Dictionnaires.
Anatomie comparée -- Dictionnaires.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Fordyce, R. Ewan.
Added Title Lexicon with emphasis on the odontocetes
Other Form: Print version: Mead, James G. Therian skull. viii, 248 p. (DLC) 2007045891 (OCoLC)181072623
Standard No. NZ1 15377877
Gpo Item No. 0910-D (online)
Sudoc No. SI 1.27:627

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