Geometric Morphometrics for Biologists: A Primer

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-08-02
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science Ltd

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The first edition of Geometric Morphometrics for Biologists has been the primary resource for teaching modern geometric methods of shape analysis to biologists who have a stronger background in biology than in multivariate statistics and matrix algebra. These geometric methods are appealing to biologists who approach the study of shape from a variety of perspectives, from clinical to evolutionary, because they incorporate the geometry of organisms throughout the data analysis. The second edition of this book retains the emphasis on accessible explanations, and the copious illustrations and examples of the first, updating the treatment of both theory and practice. The second edition represents the current state-of-the-art and adds new examples and summarizes recent literature, as well as provides an overview of new software and step-by-step guidance through details of carrying out the analyses. Contains updated coverage of methods, especially for sampling complex curves and 3D forms and a new chapter on applications of geometric morphometrics to forensics Offers a reorganization of chapters to streamline learning basic concepts Presents detailed instructions for conducting analyses with freely available, easy to use software Provides numerous illustrations, including graphical presentations of important theoretical concepts and demonstrations of alternative approaches to presenting results

Author Biography

Miriam Leah Zelditch Museum of Paleontology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Ml, USA Donald L. Swiderski University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Ml, USA H. David Sheets Department of Physics, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY, USA

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Basics of Shape Data
Landmarks and Semilandmarksp. 23
Simple Size and Shape Variables: Shape Coordinatesp. 51
Theory of Shapep. 75
The Thin-plate Spline: Visualizing Shape Change as a Deformationp. 103
Analyzing Shape Variables
Ordination Methodsp. 135
Partial Least Squares Analysisp. 169
Statisticsp. 189
General Linear Modelsp. 225
Ecological and Evolutionary Morphologyp. 263
Evolutionary Developmental Biology (1): The Evolution of Ontogenyp. 297
Evolutionary Developmental Biology (2): Variational Propertiesp. 353
Morphometrics and Systematicsp. 399
Forensic Applications of Geometric Morphometriesp. 419
Bibliographyp. 435
Glossaryp. 455
Indexp. 471
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