A Geometric Morphometric Approach in Assessing Paleontological Problems in Atrypid Taxonomy, Phylogeny, Evolution and Ecology

  • Rituparna Bose
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Brief Outline

This section is a brief overview of the dissertation. A brief outline of all the dissertation chapters and a few major proposed questions relevant to each chapter is discussed here.

 Chapter 2 follows this Introduction with a detailed morphometric shape analysis of taxonomic and phylogenetic arrangement of atrypid subfamilies from a prior proposed phylogeny by Copper (1973), (Bose et al. 2011a, b). Do morphological shape distances between genera comply with the phylogenetic chart proposed by Paul Copper? Do pairwise Procrustes distances between generic pairs agree with the taxonomic arrangement in atrypid subfamilies as proposed by Copper (1973) in the past? Overall, do these genera reflect stasis within the P3 EEU?  Chapter 3 presents tests for stasis within an atrypid species lineage, Pseudoatrypa cf. lineata from the middle Devonian Traverse Group of Michigan, over a period of 5 m.y. period (Bose and Polly 2011). Does the morphology of this species remain...


Foreland Basin Middle Devonian Late Ordovician Geometric Morphometrics Michigan Basin 
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