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Allometric trends and locomotor adaptations in the Bovidae. Bulletin of the AMNH ; v. 179, article 2

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dc.contributor.author Scott, Kathleen M. (Kathleen Marie) en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2005-10-06T14:44:59Z
dc.date.available 2005-10-06T14:44:59Z
dc.date.issued 1985 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/1005
dc.description p. 199-288 : ill. ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. [287]-288). en_US
dc.description.abstract "This study examines two factors which affect the dimensions of the postcranial skeleton of Bovidae: physical constraints of increasing size and adaptations to particular habitats or modes of locomotion. Total limb lengths, lengths of proximal bones, diameters, and areas of long bones all scale more or less predictably with body size. All lengths scale with negative allometry, whereas areas and diameters vary from slightly negative to positive, depending on the bone. Comparisons of exponents of the scaling relationships to expectations of geometric and elastic scaling theory show that bovids do not scale geometrically, and in some dimensions seem to scale elastically. However, elastic factors cannot be the sole physical constraint governing scaling since many dimensions differ significantly from elastic theory. In addition, some limb elements show changes in gross morphology which violate the assumptions of elastic theory. Length of radius, metacarpal, and metatarsal do not scale predictably with body weight; adaptations to particular habitats are more important in determining lengths of these bones than is body size. Species found in open or grasslands habitats tend to have long limb elements relative to body weight, those in mountainous regions have relatively short limb elements, and those in woodland regions have intermediate length distal elements"--p. 199. en_US
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dc.language eng en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher [New York] : American Museum of Natural History en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History ; v. 179, article 2 en_US
dc.subject.lcc QH1 .A4 vol.179, art.2, 1985 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Bovidae -- Morphology. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Bovidae -- Size. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Bovidae -- Locomotion. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Allometry. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Animal locomotion. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Bones. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Adaptation (Biology) en_US
dc.title Allometric trends and locomotor adaptations in the Bovidae. Bulletin of the AMNH ; v. 179, article 2 en_US
dc.type text en_US


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    The Bulletin, published continuously since 1881, consists of longer monographic volumes in the field of natural sciences relating to zoology, paleontology, and geology. Current numbers are published at irregular intervals. The Bulletin was originally a place to publish short papers, while longer works appeared in the Memoirs. However, in the 1920s, the Memoirs ceased and the Bulletin series began publishing longer papers. A new series, the Novitates , published short papers describing new forms.

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