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Advances in Three-Dimensional Data Acquisition and Analysis

  • John Kappelman

Abstract

Advances in computer technology have greatly expanded the range of topics that can be investigated within the general field of primate locomotion and the field has witnessed great strides in such areas as telemetered electromyography (Jungers and Stern, 1980). The study of the relationship between form and function in living animals remains a critical focus of functional morphology because this approach offers the only bridge to understanding the function of extinct species and the nature of evolutionary transitions. Technological advances have not, however, changed the fact that the fossil record is almost exclusively limited to skeletal remains, and studies of this material are necessarily more limited and are usually restricted to quantifying the shape and size of different skeletal elements and how these variables are related to function.

Keywords

Skeletal Element Functional Morphology Physical Anthropology Nuclear Magnetic Reso Extinct Species 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Kappelman
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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