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Theoretical Modeling of Ammonoid Morphology

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Ammonoid Paleobiology

Part of the book series: Topics in Geobiology ((TGBI,volume 13))

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Theoretical morphology, which was first developed by Raup and Michelson (1965). is a means of describing the morphological spectra of extant and fossil organisms using a mathematical growth model. Raup (1966, 1967) simulated the three-dimensional morphology and growth pattern of marginally growing molluscan shells by several simple parameters and reproduced these shell shapes with the aid of computer graphics. His approach can be applied not only to interpret the functional and adaptive constraints of morphology but also to analyze morphogenesis. With the recent development of the computer and its graphic techniques, the theoretical morphological approach becomes useful for understanding the morphology of extant and extinct animals including ammonoids.

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Okamoto, T. (1996). Theoretical Modeling of Ammonoid Morphology. In: Landman, N.H., Tanabe, K., Davis, R.A. (eds) Ammonoid Paleobiology. Topics in Geobiology, vol 13. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4757-9153-2_8

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