Flight Of Mammals: From Terrestrial Limbs To Wings by Aleksandra A. PanyutinaFlight Of Mammals: From Terrestrial Limbs To Wings by Aleksandra A. Panyutina

Flight Of Mammals: From Terrestrial Limbs To Wings

byAleksandra A. Panyutina, Leonid P. Korzun, Alexander N. Kuznetsov

Hardcover | April 30, 2015

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This book offers a new explanation for the development of flight in mammals and offers detailed morphological descriptions of mammals with flapping flight. The skeletomuscular apparatus of the shoulder girdle and forelimbs of tree shrews, flying lemurs and bats is described in detail. Special attention is paid to the recognition of peculiar features of the skeleton and joints. For the basic locomotor patterns of flying lemurs and bats, the kinematic models of the shoulder girdle elements are developed. The most important locomotor postures of these animals are analyzed by means of statics. The key structural characters of the shoulder girdle and forelimbs of flying lemurs and bats, the formation of which provided transition of mammals from terrestrial locomotion to gliding and then, to flapping flight, are recognized. The concept is proposed that preadaptations preceding the acquisition of flapping flight could have come from widely sprawled forelimb posture while gliding from tree to tree and running up the thick trunks. It is shown that flying lemur is an adequate morphofunctional model for an ancestral stage of bats. The evolutionary ecomorphological scenario describing probable transformational stages of typical parasagittal limbs of chiropteran ancestors into wings is developed.
Dr. Alexandra A. Panyutina serves in the Department of Vertebrate Zoology at Russia's Moscow State University. She has studied the evolution of bat flight since 2005. Prior to that, she studied the morpho ecological diversity of rhinolophid bats.Dr. Leonid P. Korzun serves as Professor and Head of the Department of Vertebrate Zoology a...
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Title:Flight Of Mammals: From Terrestrial Limbs To WingsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:303 pagesPublished:April 30, 2015Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:331908755X

ISBN - 13:9783319087559

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Forelimb Morphology of Tree Shrews.- Chapter 2: Forelimb Morphology of Colugos.- Chapter 3: Forelimb Morphology of Bats.- Chapter 4: Functional Analysis of the Locomotor Apparatus of Colugos.- Chapter 5: Functional Analysis of the Locomotor Apparatus of Bats.- Chapter 6: Comparative Morphofunctional Analysis.- Chapter 7: Evolutionary Scenario for the Establishment of Flapping Flight.