Morphology and Evolution of Turtles by Donald B. BrinkmanMorphology and Evolution of Turtles by Donald B. Brinkman

Morphology and Evolution of Turtles

byDonald B. BrinkmanEditorPatricia A. Holroyd, James D. Gardner

Paperback | September 21, 2014

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This volume celebrates the contributions of Dr. Eugene Gaffney to the study of turtles, through a diverse and complementary collection of papers that showcases the latest research on one of the most intriguing groups of reptiles. A mix of focused and review papers deals with numerous aspects of the evolutionary history of turtles, including embryonic development, origins, early diversification, phylogenetic relationships, and biogeography. Moreover it includes reports on important but poorly understood fossil turtle assemblages, provides historical perspectives on turtle research, and documents disease and variation in turtles. With its broad scope, which includes descriptions of material and new taxa from Australia, Asia, and Europe, as well as North and South America, this work will be an essential resource for anyone interested in the morphology and evolution of turtles. "This volume's breadth of time, geography, and taxonomic coverage makes it a major contribution to the field and a 'must have' for all vertebrate paleontologists.", James F. Parham, California State University, CA, USA "A comprehensive and sweeping overview of turtle evolution by the top experts in the field that will interest everyone curious about these unique reptiles." Jason S. Anderson, University of Calgary, Canada "An invaluable addition to the literature that covers the full spectrum of approaches toward understanding the evolution of these noble creatures." Ann C. Burke, Wesleyan University, CT , USA "A truly comprehensive volume that both the student of fossil turtles, as well as the general reader interested in these enigmatic creatures, will find fascinating." Tyler Lyson, Yale University, CT, USA
Don Brinkman is director of Research at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology. He undertakes research on the taxonomy, biostratigraphy, and distributions of Mesozoic turtles. Turtles are a focus of his research because they offer unique insights into the patterns of distribution of Mesozoic vertebrates in general and the degree to ...
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Title:Morphology and Evolution of TurtlesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:577 pagesPublished:September 21, 2014Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9401781516

ISBN - 13:9789401781510

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Table of Contents

Part I. Perspectives on the Life and Accomplishments of Eugene S. Gaffney.- Part II. The Origin of Turtles.- Part III. The Early Diversification of Turtles.- Part IV. Pleurodire Diversity and Biogeography.- Part V. Diversity, Biogeography, and Paleobiology of Late Cretaceous and Tertiary Turtles.- Part VI. Pathologies, Anomalies, and Variation in Turtle Skeletons.