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|Title: ||The therian skull : a lexicon with emphasis on the odontocetes|
|Authors: ||Mead, James G.|
Fordyce, R. Ewan
|Issue Date: ||2009|
|Publisher: ||Smithsonian Institution Press|
|Citation: ||Mead, James G. and R. Ewan Fordyce. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 627 (2009): x, 248.|
|Series/Report no.: ||Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology; no. 627|
|Abstract: ||Mead, J. G., and R. E. Fordyce. The Therian Skull: A Lexicon with Emphasis on the Odontocetes.
Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, number 627, 248 pages, frontispiece, 2 diagrams,
32 figures, 9 tables, 2009. — 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
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